IRAN-AFGHAN TIES

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Iranian government and nation support the progress and economic development in Afghanistan. In a meeting with the visiting Afghan Vice-President Abdul Karim Khalili, Ahmadinejad said development and progress in the war-ravaged Muslim country can be achieved with the efforts of the Afghan people and their government.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the Iranian government and nation support the progress and economic development in Afghanistan. In a meeting with the visiting Afghan Vice-President Abdul Karim Khalili, Ahmadinejad said development and progress in the war-ravaged Muslim country can be achieved with the efforts of the Afghan people and their government. Referring to great potential in both countries for expansion of bilateral ties, Ahmadinejad voiced Tehran’s readiness to share its experience in key areas, namely transportation, higher education, anti-drug campaign, agriculture, industry and mines with the Afghans. During the meeting, Khalili appreciated Iran’s three-decade-old assistance to his impoverished country ands said Kabul is willing to deepen all-out ties with Tehran. Underlining the need for the presence of Iranian investors in his country, he called for expansion of Tehran-Kabul cooperation in different fields. Meanwhile, Khalili in a meeting with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran is a major player in the region. “Kabul is interested in Iran’s participation in all regional and international forums to help settle the existing problems and regional crises,’ he added.