Iranian diplomat, Afghan FM meet in Kabul

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister’s special envoy for Afghanistan affairs Mohammad-Ebrahim Taherian and his accompanying delegation met with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Kabul.

“Appreciating the positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in supporting the peace process, Atmar explained about an end to the violence and arbitrary killings, torture of civilians and human rights abuses in Taliban-held areas,” Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan said.

“Atmar stressed that the presence of Taliban and the escalation of violence by them would lead to the spread of extremism and the presence of international terrorist groups such as ISIL in Afghanistan and the region,” according to the ministry.

Atmar described the political, economic, cultural and trade cooperation between Kabul and Tehran as an important necessity for the governments and people of the two countries, calling for further strengthening of cooperation in various fields, especially the peace process in this country.

Mohammad-Ebrahim Taherian, for his part, reassured the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the peace process in Afghanistan while preserving the achievements of the last two decades, calling for further strengthen cooperation between Kabul and Tehran in various fields, including border cooperation and establishing more coordination between the relevant departments of the two countries.

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