Iran, Afghanistan discuss bilateral ties, cooperation
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Afghanistan's newly-appointed Ambassador to Tehran Basir Ahmad Noor explored avenues for the further development of the two states' mutual cooperation in a meeting in Tehran on Saturday, FNA reported.
During the meeting, Salehi referred to the "historical" and "friendly" relations between Iran and Afghanistan, and expressed satisfaction with the two countries' mutual cooperation, which he described as a result of the firm resolve of the two nations' officials.
Salehi expressed the hope that the new ambassador would pursue the development of Iran-Afghanistan strategic ties during his mission in Tehran.
He said the strengthening and deepening of the bilateral relations between Iran and Afghanistan and implementing bilateral and multilateral trade and economic projects with the partnership and cooperation of other regional countries would be beneficial to the economic development, progress and stability as well as the security of the entire region.
Also during the meeting, the incoming Afghan envoy submitted a copy of his credentials to Salehi, and said his country's officials, specially President Hamed Karzai, are strongly willing to expand all-out, strategic relations with Iran and maintain friendly relationship with the country.
Iran is one of the most important donors to Afghanistan which has kept its promises to help to the reconstruction of the war-hit country.
Iran has built some roads, power transmission lines, and border stations, among the other infrastructure projects which would better link the two nations.
Iran has also contributed more than $50 million annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts in the last 8 years.