Iran, Afghanistan vow to boost economic ties

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (MNA) –The co-chairmen of Iran-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group met in Tehran on Sunday and expressed determination to ease the way for boosting bilateral ties.

 “The huge commonalities shared by the two nations [of Iran and Afghanistan] can boost bilateral cooperation significantly and improve relations in both public and private sectors,” said Kourosh Karampour, the Iranian MP in his meeting with Afghan MP Davoud Kalkani in Tehran.

Mr. Kalkani and Mr. Karampour jointly chair the parliamentary friendship group of Iran and Afghanistan.

The Iranian lawmaker highlighted the significant role that the parliamentary friendship groups can play for enhancing relations.

“Iran’s Parliament is ready to share experience in the field of law-making with the Afghan parliament.” Noted the Iranian legislator.

Referring to the issue of Iran hosting the Afghan refugees, Mr. Karampour voiced hope that legal presence of the Afghan nationals in Iran ease the procedure of receiving Iranian government’s services to them.

“Our politicxcal ties are at a good level but the economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan are not at the desired level and far from meeting the expectations for the at-hand potentials,” said the Iranian legislator calling for plans to remove the obstacle hindering the growth of economic cooperation.

“We are hopeful that the Afghan nation and government to overcome security problems that threaten their country and the region with national solidarity and unity,” noted the legislator after voicing concern over the security issues of Afghanistan.

The Iranian MP reassured the Afghan law-maker that Iran is ready to share its experience in the field of counter-terrorism with Afghanistan’s government.

Mr. Kalkani for his part voiced content with the meeting and expressed hope that the visit made by the parliamentary friendship group to be an opener to more dialogue and cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries.

“We welcome sharing experience and cooperation with Iranian parliament in international venues,” said the Afghan law-maker.

 “Terrorism is created in Afghanistan and other regions of the world by the superpowers seeking their own objectives,” noted the Afghan legislator.

“Afghanistan will continue war on terror and won’t allow the expansion of terrorist groups’ activities,” he highlighted.

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