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Iran supports peace, security in Afghanistan: Zarif

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that his country supports peace, security and cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He made the remarks in a joint press conference following a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad the other day.

Zarif said terrorism, extremism, and violence recognizes no borders, no ethnicity, no religion and no sect.

He said it is in everyone’s interest to be engaged fully in resolving these problems.

“Iran is very much supportive of peace, security, cooperation both between Pakistan and Afghanistan and in the region in general and inside Afghanistan.” He said. “We hope that the process of reconciliation – having the need to fight extremism and violence particularly extremists that come from Daesh, and the new inclusion of Daesh elements into Afghanistan, which is a threat against all of us – could be facilitated by all countries.”

He also said: “We welcome any cooperation in this region in these areas and we certainly welcome cooperation between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan in dealing with these threats.”

Zarif who was in Pakistan on Thursday and in India on Friday, held high-level discussions with different high-ranking officials on the subject of peace and stability in the region.

At the same press conference in Islamabad, Aziz reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to Afghanistan.

“The string of attacks against Kabul in the wake of the cancellation of the second round of peace talks has created some kind of apprehension within Afghanistan,” he said. “I hope that any misunderstanding between the two countries will be removed.”

This comes after a high-level Afghan delegation visited Pakistan on Thursday and met with Aziz over the ongoing war in the country and Pakistan’s reported involvement in it.

The delegation returned to Kabul on Thursday night but no details regarding the meeting have yet been revealed from the Afghan side.

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