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A Joint Seminar on “Prospects of Relations between Afghanistan and Iran” Holds at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

213123On the initiative of the Center for Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan a joint scientific and research seminar entitled “Prospects of Relations between Afghanistan and Iran” held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The seminar was attended by H.E. Atiqullah Atifmal Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Mustafa Zahrani Director of Political and International Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and his accompanying delegation, general directors and deputy directors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, academia, and scholars.

At the outset, deputy foreign minister welcomed the Iranian delegation to Kabul and then briefly spoke about the long-standing historical, cultural and political relations between Afghanistan and Iran, as well as further emphasized the expansion of ties between the two countries.

While considering the debates between the researches centers of the two countries on the phenomena of insecurity and spread of extremism in the region is of importance, he said, “As insecurity and extremism in the region have been increasing and threatening the two neighboring nations, there is need to make further efforts in cultural, economic, security and political spheres, as well as it is crucial that both countries should use their joint capacities in this regard.”

Mr. Zahrani thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for convening such important seminar. While pointing out to the religious and cultural commonalities between the peoples of the two countries, he added, “We are ready to share our experiences, knowledge and expertise with our Afghan brothers and sisters, and cooperate with them in terms of ensuring peace and stability and expanding ties in all sectors.”

Mr. Zahrani considered cultural cooperation as grounds and starts of economic, trade and political cooperation between the two countries, as well as reassured of his country’s cooperation with the people and government of Afghanistan in the mentioned areas.

Dr. Faramarz Tamanna, Director General of Center for Strategic Studies, deemed the situation in Afghanistan better than the past and said that Afghanistan as a young democracy protects the common achievements of human, particularly freedom, human rights, women’s rights, peace and global security, and has brought a great experiences for the rest of the developing countries.

At the end, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between Center for Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Department of Political and International Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran was signed by Dr. Faramarz Tamanna and Dr. Mustafa Zahrani in the presence of Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Kabul.