Iran, Afghanistan security inseparable

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani and his visiting Afghan counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar have discussed the most important security development in the region, fighting drug trafficking and terrorism, as well as bilateral cooperation in economic fields.

During the meeting with Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Tehran, Shamkhani condemned terrorist blast in Kabul on Monday which left over 29 people dead and at least 40 ones wounded and condoled with the Afghan government, nation and the victims’ relatives.

Pointing to the issue that security of Iran and Afghanistan is inseparable and intertwined, Shamkhani noted, “All the regional states need comprehensive cooperation to deal with the growth and spread of terrorist groups.”

The top security official also expressed concern over supplying money, arms and intelligence to terrorist and Takfiri groups by some reactionary countries in the region, saying this issue will spread insecurity and fuel sectarianism.

Referring to the civilization history and the commonalities between Iran and Afghanistan, Shamkhani said, “Further consultations between Tehran and Kabul would boost stability and peace along the border between the two countries and prepare the ground for the two sides to benefit from lasting and common interests”.

More Iran-Afghanistan cooperation

Mohammad Hanif Atmar for his part said Iran had played a constructive role in the establishment of the national unity government in Afghanistan, adding that Tehran and Kabul must hold more negotiations on ways to strengthen the Afghan government.

The escalation of insecurity and political discord in Afghanistan would spread terrorism and insecurity into other countries in the region,” he emphasized.



*Source: ISNA