Iran calls for expanding economic links with Afghanistan
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijanihas stressed the need for greater cooperation between Tehran and Kabul, particularly in the economic sector, a media report said on Monday.
"There is great scope for cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan, particularly in the areas of transport, energy and infrastructure," Larijani said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani in Tehran on Sunday.
He pointed to the cordial relations between the neighbours, saying: "The Iranian parliament supports enhancement of parliamentary cooperation with the Afghan parliament."
Larijani also cited the spread of terrorism in the region, stressing measures to keep Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists once again.
"Effective fight against terrorism in Afghanistan needs political stability," the Iranian speaker remarked.
Rabbani arrived in Tehran on Sunday to hold talks with senior officials on ways to improve cooperation between the two nations.
Iran has built several roads, power transmission lines, border stations and many other infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. It has contributed more than $50mln annually to anti-narcotics efforts during the last five years.
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