Zarif pledges to back Afghanistan in all arenas

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TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, while hailing Iran’s role in formation of new Afghanistan, assured Afghans that they will be supported in all fields.

Addressing a press conference following a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, Iranian Minister of foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif appreciated notable hospitality of Afghan people.

He later condemned recent terrorist attacks against people of Afghanistan and shared sympathies with families of the victims.

Iran and Afghanistan are situated in a dangerous region which suffers from extremist movements due to interference of aliens, said Zarif, efforts are being made to prevent these threatening measures though the present brutalities will ultimately harm those who provoked them.

He called for cooperation on combatting violent and extremist groups as well as those who take victims through drug distribution in order to supply their financial interests.

Tehran and Kabul share several common venues for cooperation and they could join hands to fight against human trafficking, terrorism as well as drugs to the benefit of the two nations.

Zarif later voiced Iran’s readiness to launch cooperation in economic, transit, transport and infrastructure sectors in a bid to stand on side of the neighboring country.

“Presently, Iran is hosting 410 thousand Afghan students, 17 thousand university students as well as three million legal and illegal citizens, highlighted Iran’s FM asserting “we can deepen ties by legitimizing presence of Afghan guests.”

Zarif said other venues for collaboration included water and environmental fields as well as strengthening principles of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries.

On international relations, Iranian foreign minister appreciated Afghanistan’s support of Iran in international communities and promised that Iran will back the neighboring country in all sectors.

At the end of his remarks, Zarif voiced optimism that the visit will pave the path for future cooperation.

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