Iran Pledges To Jointly Fight Terrorism With Afghanistan

Iranian FM Javad Zarif visits Afghanistan

Iranian FM Javad Zarif visits Afghanistan

Zarif, heading a high-ranking political delegation, would visit Kabul at the official invitation of his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

Zarif later voiced Iran's readiness to launch cooperation in economic, transit, transport and infrastructure sectors in a bid to stand on side of the neighboring country.

"Iran and Afghanistan can cooperate in different fields and we should join hands to fight human trafficking, terrorism as well as narcotics to the benefit of the two nations", Zarif said while addressing a joint press conference with Rabbani.

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Zarif stressed the need for close collaboration among regional countries to combat the menace of extremism and terrorism.

His visit to Afghanistan followed after an official visit he made to Islamabad. "The present brutalities will ultimately harm those who have provoked them", he said.

Zarif said in the meeting that the two countries are brothers and enjoy the same culture and need to further bilateral cooperation.

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"Until governments cooperate with each other against the threats emerging from terrorism, other options, including relations defined in the framework of governments, will not secure us against threats", said Rabbani.

According to the local media reports, the day-long visit to Pakistan took place on May 3 during which Zarif met top Pakistani officials on the recent terrorist attack near Iran-Pakistan border which resulted in killing of some Iranian border guards.

Abdullah, for his part, thanked the Islamic Republic for providing education facilities to the displaced Afghan students in Iran.

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The top Iranian diplomat will have meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, and a number of other ranking officials.

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