Afghanistan and Iran underline their common will to further strengthen and deepen cooperation between the two countries



November 27, 2013

KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani met this morning with H.E. Hassan Rouhani the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and yesterday evening with Iranian Foreign Minister Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.

In the two separate meetings, the two sides referred to the religious, linguistic and cultural commonalities between the two nations as well as good relations between the two friendly and brotherly countries over the past decade. They also reviewed a broad range of political, economic and cultural cooperation and relations between Afghanistan and Iran.

Both sides expressed satisfaction about the level of cooperation and relations between the two countries as well as underscored to further expand and deepen cooperation in the area of economy and trade and to regularize the presence of Afghan refugees in Iran.

On the issue of strengthening economic cooperation, both sides underlined on their common will to expand Chabahar port through trilateral cooperation including India with the aim of enhancing trade and transit. Also they agreed to work together to sign a trilateral transit agreement between Afghanistan, Iran and India in order to provide a reliable ground for the expansion of trade and transit in the region.     

On the topic of Afghan refugees in Iran, the two sides agreed to seek a joint solution and work together to regularize the presence of Afghan refugees in Iran and to prevent the occurrence of any concern for the government of Iran.

The Acting Foreign Minister expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran for hosting Afghan refugees for more than three decades.