Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has left for a visit to Afghanistan, official news website of the Iranian television, iribnews reported.
Alongside international events on the occasion of Nowruz, there will be held a quadripartite meeting of Iranian, Pakistani, Afghan and Tajik presidents in Kabul. During the meeting the development of relations between the countries, regional and international issues will be discussed.
Before the visit Rouhani told journalists that the countries of the region need mutual cooperation.
"The meeting that will be held in Kabul will benefit both Afghanistan which suffers from terrorism, extremism and internal tension and the countries of the entire region," Rouhani said.
The international ceremony for celebrating Nowruz is to begin in Kabul on March 27. Presidents of Turkmenistan, Iran, Tajikistan and high-ranking officials of the countries celebrating Nowruz will participate at the events.
On Feb.23, 2010, at the initiative of Azerbaijan, the UN General Assembly adopted a decision to declare March 21 the International Day of Nowruz. The first international ceremony of celebrating Nowruz was held in Iran in 2011. The following celebrations were organized in Dushanbe in 2012 and in Ashgabat in 2013.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.