Afghan foreign minister sets out for Iran
( IRNA ) - Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta left here for Tehran Monday at the head of a high-ranking delegation for an official two-day visit.
Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen told IRNA here Monday the visit is taking place upon an official invitation by Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
He added the visit is aimed at exploring avenues to bolster ties between the two friendly and neighboring states.
He said Spanta is scheduled to hold talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his counterpart, Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani.
The sides are to exchange views on key regional and international developments, consolidation of bilateral relations and cooperation in different fields, he said.
The official added Iran has played an active role in reconstruction of Afghanistan, saying Tehran has allocated half of its 560-million-dollar pledge to Kabul to health and agricultural fields and construction of streets.
Baheen said the volume of exchanges between Iran and Afghanistan hit 500 million dollars in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2007) and added that the figure is scheduled to be doubled during the current Iranian year.