Larijani urges expansion of Tehran-Kabul ties

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (MNA) – The Iranian Parliament Speaker Larijani, at a meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Rabbani, called for re-invigoration of economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met and talked with Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Sunday.

The Iranian official pointed to the positive history of friendly relations between Iran and Afghanistan saying “excellent potentials exist for development of economic and trade cooperation between the two sides, especially in transport, energy and infrastructure projects.”

“Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran would also welcome boosting and strengthening of bilateral ties with Afghanistan,” he continued.

Larijani also called on the Afghans to strengthen national unity, overcome internal issues and confront foreign plots reiterating “despite its honorable civilization and history, foreign interference has hindered development of Afghanistan and expansion of social welfare inside the neighboring country.”

Parliament Speaker went on to emphasize that Iran has always defended Afghan people and government.

He later pointed to the growing threat posed by terrorism inside the region and called for cooperation among various countries in the fight against the ongoing scourge; “terrorist confrontation in Afghanistan requires political stability.”

Ali Larijani further maintained that the ongoing dispute between Tehran and Kabul needs to be tackled in a fair and reasonable way.

The visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, for his part, expressed satisfaction towards his visit to Tehran and appreciated supports by Iran’s Leader, government and Parliament in line with expansion of national unity and stability in Afghanistan.

“Unlike what enemies of Afghanistan are looking for, Afghan government and people seek sustainable peace and stability in their country,” he underlined.

Rabbani emphasized his country’s policy to deepen friendly relations with neighbors recalling “enemies would never be allowed to use the soil of Afghanistan to carry out plots against a third-party country.”

He evaluated the trend of national fight against terrorism as positive saying “security issues have developed substantially thanks to the support of local and police forces.”

Afghan official continued that a conference will soon be held in Brussels offering a good opportunity for extensive cooperation between Afghanistan and the global community to establish peace and stability.


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