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In a joint press conference;

President Rouhani calls for expansion of cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan / Afghan President Urges New Chapter in Tehran-Kabul Relations

President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, pointed to the importance and necessity of expansion of cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan in the interests of the two countries in various fields.

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He made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Dr. Rouhani said that Afghanistan and Iran are interested in the development of relations in the fields of economy, energy, and mining industries and economic investment and the railways.
President Rouhani emphasized security and intelligence cooperation between the two countries to combat illicit drugs trafficking.
“Concerning the issue of narcotics, which is a menace beleaguering the region, Iran and Afghanistan itself, we agreed to have intelligence and security cooperation to counter drug trafficking rings,” Dr.Rouhani said.
president further noted that Tehran and Kabul agreed to share intelligence on terrorism, violence and extremism in the region, including in Afghan regions bordering Iran, and conduct joint operations if need be.
Turning to the ongoing crisis in Yemen, Dr.Rouhani urged all regional countries to formulate political solutions for issues that have turned violent, and help Yemeni people to solve their own problems at the negotiating table and establish peace and calm in their crisis-hit country.
Ghani, for his part, expressed his gratitude to the Iranian government and nation for hosting thousands of Afghan refugees, emphasizing that a mechanism must be sought for their gradual return to Afghanistan.
Ghani also extended an invitation to his Iranian counterpart to pay an official visit to the Afghan capital.
He stated that Iran and Afghanistan enjoy age-old and multi-faceted relations, and should use such opportunity to move the region away from the point of danger, and direct it toward peace, tranquility and stability.
“Today, we are facing the serious threat of terrorism, and acts of barbarism. We are witnessing civilian casualties on the daily basis. There is a need for cooperation in order to address problems such as ISIL (terrorists),” the Afghan president noted.

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