(IRNA) - Afghan Minister for Higher Education Mohammad Azam Dadfar said here Thursday that cultural ties between Iran and Afghanistan are on the rise.
His remarks were made at a joint press conference with Iran's Education Minister Mahmoud Farshidi in Kabul.
Tehran and Kabul are working to broaden ties through various means and the Islamic Republic of Iran has granted a quota for Afghan students to complete their higher education studies in Iran, he said.
Shahid Rajaei University and Kabul University have signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of education, he said.
Iran has agreed to construct the Khaji Abdullah Ansari University in Herat and has donated USD 800,000 to Kabul University's dentistry faculty, he said.
Iran has donated some 25,000 books to Kabul University, not to mention its humanitarian assistance of hosting Afghan refugees during decades of war in the country, he pointed out.
The Iranian minister, for his part, said the Islamic Republic of Iran has allocated 50 seats in Iranian universities for Afghan university students aiming for MA/MS or PhD degrees.
Some 148,000 Afghan students in secondary and some 900 others in higher education levels benefit from the Iranian educational system, he said.
The Iranian minister of education, heading a delegation, arrived in Kabul Wednesday to confer with the country's educational officials on issues of mutual interest.