Relations with Iran to go unaffected, says Abdullah
KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said Afghanistan’s relations with Iran would not be affected by its ties with other countries.
A statement from the CEO office received by Pajhwok Afghan News said Abdullah met with Iranian deputy foreign minister Sayed Abbas Iraqchi in Kabul on Tuesday.
The two sides discussed cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Abdullah said the national unity government’s leadership was interested in completing “the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement” between the two countries and signing it.
The CEO thanked Iran for its cooperation with the Afghan people and the government and said both the sides would work on the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement and its five committees. He termed the trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Iran and India as important and hoped the meeting would help bring fresh opportunities for investors and traders in the three countries.
Talking about the ongoing situation in the country, he said, “Terrorism is a national threat to our security. Cooperation between Afghanistan and Iran in fighting terrorism exists, but common threats need joint cooperation.”
Deputy Iranian foreign minister, Sayed Abbas Iraqchi, said he came to Kabul to attend the trilateral meeting and discuss the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement.
“Three committees of the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement have been created while work on two other committees is currently underway,” he said.
He said finalizing the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement would ensure ‘new discipline’ and ‘flourish’ the two countries.
Iraqchi said his country was supporting Afghanistan and its national sovereignty and the Afghan government’s initiative for the protection of national unity, security and peace. He stressed on joint fight against terrorism and said they were worried about the presence of Daesh or Islamic State (IS).
He said banking cooperation and strengthening economic relations between the two countries was important.
He added trade between Iran and Afghanistan had currently reached three billion US dollars.