Kabul, Tehran reach accord on death row prisoners
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran said on Wednesday it backed intra-Afghan dialogue that could bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.
At the third two-day meeting of diplomatic cooperation between the two countries in Kabul, both sides discussed bilateral cooperation and reached agreements on some important issues including death row prisoners.
The joint meeting between consulate officials of Afghanistan and Iran took place after a gap of three years, said Afghan deputy foreign minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha.
He said the meeting was a step forward towards improvement in cooperation between the two countries.
In addition to reaching some agreements, he said, they resolved issues plaguing previous agreements between the two countries.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister for consular affairs Hassan Qashqawi told the meeting that both sides signed agreements on the transfer of convicted prisoners, extradition of criminals, their legal care and civil trials.
He said they also signed a memorandum of understanding on transferring 28 death row Afghan prisoners in Iran to the Afghan authorities.
He said Iran expected similar action from the Afghan government in the case of two Iranian nationals who had been sentenced to death by an Afghan court.
Problems Afghan and Iranian traders faced in areas of transportation and visa were also discussed at the meeting and some issues were agreed upon, Qashqawi said.
He said his country wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan and Tehran would support and welcome any intra-Afghans dialogue for peace and stability and security of the country.
“We wish a peaceful and developed Afghanistan. If we have a stable neighbour, it would pave the way for economic development, investment and trade cooperation,” he said. He said currently 350,000 Afghans were studying in various education institutions and schools in Iran.
Up to 12,000 Afghan students have been getting their graduation, post graduation and doctorate level education in Iran’s universities and recently nearly 17,000 Afghan students have got these degrees, which showed Iran was cooperating with Afghanistan in the sphere of education, he said.
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