Iran urges Afghan peace cooperation
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has held talks with head of Afghanistan's national peace council on regional efforts to stabilize the country, Press TV reported.
In the Saturday meeting, Mottaki "noted the deep cultural and civilizational ties between the two nations," the Foreign Minister ministry said in a statement.
"Apart from noting Iran's desire to establish comprehensive peace and stability in Afghanistan, [Mottaki] stressed the importance of boosting bilateral ties at all political, economic, and cultural levels," the statement added.
The peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani's trip to Iran marks his first visit abroad since his election to the post by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The trip signals that Afghanistan relies on Iran as a strategic partner and seeks cooperation with its southeastern neighbor and other regional countries in line with efforts to bring stability to the country.