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Abdullah, Zarif discuss strengthening bilateral ties

AT-KABUL: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday wherein they discussed strengthening bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Iran.

A press release emailed by the CEO office said that the two sides talked about the security deal which would be signed between the two countries in near future. Zarif said his country would leave no stone unturned to beef up Kabul and Tehran’s cooperation in war on terror and drug menace.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said Iran attaches a great significance to its ties with the neighboring country. “In a bid to have a serious share in the development of Afghanistan, a very significant opportunity is now before us,” he underscored. He also expressed his pleasure with the formation of the national unity government, and stressed that it is a good opportunity to eradicate extremism and terrorism—the two common challenges between Tehran and Kabul.

The Chief Executive of the national unity government Abdullah Abdullah said the Afghan government would soon ink a security pact with the Iranian government that would open another page in Kabul’s relations with Tehran.

Abdullah said that the Afghan government would pay all-out efforts to eradicate terrorism and as well as poppy cultivation in Afghanistan but since terrorism is the common threat to the regional countries therefore Iran’s cooperation is also needed in this regard.

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