Spokesman Stresses Iran's Support for Peace Talks in Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that his country supports the ongoing peace talks in Afghanistan, calling for the further expansion of bilateral relations.
Khatibzadeh made the remarks in a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Gran Hewad in Kabul on Wednesday.
He said that strengthening and expanding public and cultural relations between the two governments and the brotherly nations of Afghanistan and Iran are in the interest of both countries.
Khatibzadeh stressed Iran's support for the ongoing peace talks while preserving the Islamic Republic and the 19-year achievements in Afghanistan, and expressed hope that the relations between the two countries in various fields, specially in the cultural and media sectors, would expand as much as possible.
He also invited Gran Hewad to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran at an appropriate time in order to discuss further development of relations between the two countries.
Hewad, for his part, referred to the deep and historical relations between the governments and peoples of the two countries, and expressed hope that Khatibzadeh's visit to Kabul would further expand relations between the two friendly and brotherly countries of Afghanistan and Iran.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Khatibzadeh said that his country favors peace and stability in Afghanistan and spares no efforts to this end.
“Security is highly important to the two neighboring countries of Iran and Afghanistan and the security of both states are interwoven,” he said upon arrival in Kabul to discuss the latest developments in bilateral ties and the peace process in Afghanistan with Afghan officials.
“We are after establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan through cooperation,” he added.
Last week, Iranian Special Representative for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherianfard conferred with Head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on the process of peace talks that are underway in Doha.
Taherianfard and Abdullah stressed the need for a regional consensus to endorse the peace process.
The two officials also reviewed the ways of bolstering mutual relations in various fields.