Iran, Afghanistan issue joint statement
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier-General Ahmad Vahidi and his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak have issued a joint statement, vowing to promote relations in various fields, Press Tv reported with reference to IRNA.
The Iranian and Afghan defense ministers on Sunday praised deep-rooted historical ties and religious and cultural commonalties, and announced that the two countries' senior officials have a resolve to promote ties and hold annual meetings of the joint defense commission in Tehran and Kabul.
According to the statement, Iran and Afghanistan will never permit "a third party to use their territory against security, stability, territorial integrity, independence and political system of the other country."
Iran and Afghanistan have also stressed the importance of bolstering cooperation to counter common threats and fight against organized crimes and smuggling and cultivation of narcotics.
The Iranian defense minister, who was in Afghanistan at the head of a high-ranking military delegation, wrapped up his official visit on Monday.
During his stay in the capital Kabul, Vahidi held talks with senior Afghan political and military officials, including President Hamid Karzai, first Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim and his counterpart.
The two countries' officials exchanged views on leading mutual, regional and international developments.
It was the first visit by an Iranian defense minister to Afghanistan since the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.