Afghan, Iran border provinces’ governors meet in Mashhad
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A first-ever joint meeting among governors of border provinces of Afghanistan and Iran commenced on Monday in Mashhad city of the neighbouring country on strengthening regional ties, an official said on Monday.
Jilani Farhad, the western Herat governor’s spokesman, told reporters here that the meeting was being attended by the governors of Herat, Farah and Nimroz provinces and deputy counter-narcotics minister of Afghanistan.
Iran’s deputy interior minister and the governors of Iran’s Khorasan south, Khorasan north and Sistan and Baluchestan provinces were taking part in the meeting, he added.
He said the meeting was aimed at improving relations between Afghan and Iranian provinces that bordered each other. The meeting was requested by Iran’s interior ministry.
“Regional cooperation between the governors of the two sides is currently of vital importance in the face of threats from terrorists,” Farhad quoted the Khorasan-i-Rizwi governor, Ali Raza Rashidiyan, as saying.
Rashidiyan termed the gathering as an initial step to pave the ground for future meetings of the kind.
Meanwhile, Iran’s interior ministry economic affairs in-charge, Dr. Babak Din Parast, said improved relations especially in fields of customs and trade was an important requirement.
“Allocating budget for the fourth segment of Herat-Khvaf railway line, the launch of joint exhibitions and joint entrepreneurships in tax-free zones helped improve tourism industry of the two countries,” he said.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi, the Herat governor, also stressed improved cooperation level among border provinces of the two countries.
Nimroz governor Mohammad Sami and Farah governor Mohammad Asif in their speeches welcomed the first-ever joint meeting.
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