Afghan Cooperation Deal to Be Sealed Soon

Afghan Cooperation Deal to Be Sealed Soon
Afghan Cooperation Deal to Be Sealed Soon

The vice president for executive affairs expressed hope that the Iran-Afghanistan comprehensive cooperation document would be signed soon by the two countries' presidents.  

In a one-day visit to Afghanistan, Mohammad Shariatmadari met with Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Tuesday.

Shariatmadari described the cooperation document as "strategic" and said, "We hope that in the coming trip of the Afghan president to Iran, the two presidents approve the framework of this crucial document," ISNA reported. The official went on to say that the cooperation document includes political, security, economic, cultural and social spheres.

The vice president touched on the establishment of the national unity government in Afghanistan and said that wisdom of Afghan politicians to form a national unity government in this critical period will have a unique impact on the course of the country's history.

He reaffirmed Iran's full support for the country and reiterated that participation in Afghanistan's development programs is beneficial to the country and the whole region. The Afghan senior official, for his part, referred to the Afghan cabinet and said, "The national unity government feels an obligation to name the remaining cabinet members as soon as possible and parliament is expected to play its part in approving the proposed members."

In a separate development, the vice president met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Tuesday, IRNA reported. Pointing to the good bilateral relations, the two officials discussed the ways to promote mutual cooperation in various areas.

The vice president praised the increasing trend of bilateral relations and expressed Iran's readiness to cooperate with the friendly neighboring state in tourism, scientific, academic, health, technical and engineering sectors. The purpose of Shariatmadari's visit was announced to be exploring ways of boosting bilateral ties, coordinating policies with the Afghan government and holding consultations on regional developments.