Germany, Iran FMs in talks over Afghan situation
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan in Bonn on Sunday ahead of a key international conference on the future of the war-torn country slated for Monday, IRNA reported.
Welcoming Salehi's attendance at Monday's Afghanistan conference in Bonn, Westerwelle said Iran's participation at the high-level meeting was not only a good signal for the conference but also for the international community.
He added Iran's attendance at the Bonn conference proved Tehran's determination to be part of global efforts to combat terrorism in Afghanistan.
Reiterating on the important role of Afghanistan's neighbors in calming the situation in the war-stricken country, Westerwelle urged Tehran to continue its regional efforts to help establish Afghan peace and stability.
He hailed Iran's campaign to fight Afghan narco-trafficking and organized crime.
Earlier on Sunday, Westerwelle highlighted in a German radio interview Iran's crucial role in stabilizing Afghanistan.
He said Iran was 'absolutely needed' in the Afghan stabilization process.
Germany's top diplomat added Iran was 'also interested' in having a 'peaceful and stable' Afghanistan.
Westerwelle pointed out that the Afghan drug trade was an 'important issue' for Iran as it had a direct impact on that country.
Salehi who arrived in the former German capital earlier in the day, will take part in the Afghanistan conference which is to dwell on the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghan government; peace talks with the Taliban; economic development; and long-term regional stability.
Diplomatic representatives from around 85 countries and 16 international organizations are also scheduled to discuss long-term assistance for the embattled country after NATO combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan in late 2014.