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Iran reaffirms support for Afghan peace

Iran Materials 3 May 2011 22:47
An Iranian official says the existence of a powerful and stable government in Afghanistan will help establish security and tranquility in the region
Iran reaffirms support for Afghan peace

An Iranian official says the existence of a powerful and stable government in Afghanistan will help establish security and tranquility in the region, PRESS TV reported.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Mohammad Ali Fathollahi told the Norwegian Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Janis Bjorn Kanavin that superpowers are cashing in on the issue of Afghanistan.

Fathollahi said the long-term interests of Afghanistan and the whole region should not be compromised for the sake of short-term ones such as securing an election victory.

The top Norwegian diplomat, in turn, thanked Iran for its humanitarian activities, especially for hosting Afghan refugees.

Kanavin said Norway also believes that the realities on the ground in Afghanistan should be well understood and rash decisions on the country should be avoided.

The Norwegian diplomat said consultations with Iran can give Oslo a better understanding of issues pertaining to Afghanistan, and underscored Norway's support for efforts to establish peace in the.

Kanavin is in Tehran on a two-day visit for talks with Iranian authorities on Afghan issues.

The Norwegian envoy also met with Head of the Afghanistan Headquarters at the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohsen Pakaeen and discussed the current developments in Iran's eastern neighbor.

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