Iran backs Afghan security transition plan
KABUL (PAN): Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad has voiced his country's support for the security transition to the Afghan lead from international troops, a presidential statement said on Saturday.
This he said during a meeting with his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, on the sidelines of a ceremony celebrating Nowruz, which marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran and several other countries, in Tehran.
Heading a high-level delegation, Karzai on Saturday left for Iran to participate in the ceremony
He told his Iranian counterpart that people of Afghanistan were happy over the transition, hoping it would usher in a new era of self-reliance.
Karzai also asked Iran as well as Pakistan to cooperate with Afghanistan in making the transition a success, a process that begins in July.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in the Middle East and hoped for an early return of the situation to normalcy.
Happy with the transition, Nejad said that Afghans were hard working people and had the ability to ensure the plan was completed successfully.
Karzai also suggested trilateral meetings among Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan should resume.
Both leaders agreed to hold such a meeting in near future, most probably in Kabul, the statement said.
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