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Afghanistan, Iran View Daesh and Drugs as Serious Threat

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TEHRAN: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has said that terrorism posed a threat both to Iran and Afghanistan, as well as the region at large.

At the head of a high-level delegation, the CEO arrived in Tehran on a three-day visit on Monday afternoon for talks with senior Iranian officials on issues of bilateral interest.

A member of the Afghan delegation told Pajhwok Afghan News Iran’s Vice-President Dr. Ishaq Jahangari, during a meeting with Abdullah, called terrorism and narcotics a threat to the two neighbours.

He said Iran had strong historical, economic, cultural and religious bonds with Afghanistan. Kabul remained committed to strengthening its cooperative relationship with Tehran, he added.

The delegate, who wished to go unnamed, said the two sides discussed the Chabahar port and extension of a railroad from western Herat province to Iran.

Jahangari said Iran provided education facilities to Afghan refugees and would continue to make efforts in this regard. Stability in Afghanistan was in the interest of Iran, he added.

Abdullah praised Iran’s consistent support to Afghanistan over the years, agreeing militant outfits like Daesh, drug production and traffic posed a threat to the two nations.

The neighbours had good coordination in countering the threats and they would continue to cooperate in the area, he said.

Afghanistan and Iran also signed two cooperation agreements. CEO spokesman Dr. Mujib Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the agreements provided for sports and tourism cooperation.

The tourism accord was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and the second one by Information and Culture Minister Abdul Bahari Jahani with their Iranian counterparts.

The CEO is scheduled to meet Iranian President Hassan Rohani, Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif and chief cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday (today).

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