Afghanistan and Iran sign mutual cooperation agreement
By Sajad - Wed Sep 05 2012, 4:42 pm
The agreement signed by Afghan and Iranian foreign ministers is based on 5 chapters and 56 articles which includes mutual cooperation on economic, security and expanding ties between the two nations.
Ali Akbar Salehi Iranian foreign minister said Iran is prepared to assist Afghanistan in security related issues, fight against the smuggle of drugs and economic propmotion.
Mr.Salehi further added Iran will also consider to resolve the issues of the Afghan immigrants based in this country. He said, around 160 thousand Afghans have taken passports in Iran.
Economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Iran is considered to be vital for the two nations since Afghanistan is an important trade hub for the Iranian products and on the other hand Afghanistan lack and needs to have access in sea ports to resolve its transit related issues.
Afghan and Iranian officials are keen on Chabahar port in Iran as a key transit point to boost the economy of the two nations.
This comes as a delegation of three Iranian officials visited Kabul a day before Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s visit to discuss the agreement between the two nations.
Meanwhile Afghanistan, Iran and India during a trilater session in Non-Aligned Movement Session in Iran agreed to expand trilateral cooperation between the three nations in a bid to boost economic and investment opportunities in Chabahar port.
The agreement between Afghanistan and Iran comes amid recent pressure by United States on Afghanistan to end trade ties with 24 Iranian companies and urged Afghan companies to end importing goods through Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.
However Iranian foreign minister emphasized on mutual cooperation between the two nations and said the sea ports in Iran will always be availabel for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has maintained a good relation with Iran during the past ten years despite being a close ally of the United States and remarks by NATO officials accusing Iran for supporting militants group and providing explosives weapons for anti-government armed militants in Afghanistan.
Afghan intelligence department for the first time last month also said they have detained suicide bombers who were inlolved behind deadly suicide bomb blast in western Nimroz province of Afghanistan however Iran denied to have any links behind the incident.