Iranian foreign minister meets Afghan president

Iran Materials 29 December 2006 11:54 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had talks today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on bilateral ties as well as the latest developments in the region and in international affairs.

On the situaion in this Iran's eastern neighbor, Mottaki said Iran supports Afghan government and is ready to help improve security and realize prospirity in Afghanistan.

He referred to meetings of high ranking officials of both countries as a sign of the expanding relations and furthre cooperation in regional and international affairs.

Mottaki said the current bilateral trade volume stands at 500 million dollars and was agreed to reach one billion dollars next year during the second session of the joint economic commission, reports Trend.

The Afghan president in the meeting welcomed the plan to increase bilateral exchange of commodities and said long historical ties along with the political will of both countries' authorities have provided a good opportunity to upgrade overall ties.

Referring to Iran as a friend of Afghanistan, Karzai praised Iran's assistance in reconstrution work in his country during the past five years.

Mottaki who arrived in Kabul on Thursday also held talks with his Afghan counterpart Rangin Dadfar Espanta about expanding political, economic and cultural relations.

During his visit, a letter of understanding in the second sessoin of the joint economic cooperation will be signed. Afghanistan has a total population of 24.2 million mostly muslims. This eastern neighbor has a 936-kilometer long join border with Iran.