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Iran-India-Afghanistan working for regional synergy: Deputy FM

Kabul, Iran's deputy foreign minister described trilateral cooperation of Iran, India and Afghanistan as a manifestation of regional synergy.

Abbas Araqchi who is in Kabul for the trilateral meeting of deputy foreign ministers, told reporters on Tuesday that Iran and India are influential in Afghanistan affairs in terms of economy, security and politics, and a trilateral cooperation can be helpful for peace and stability in the country.

Economic issues were the first topic discussed in the five meetings of Iranian delegation, he said adding that the ways of cooperation in transportation, Chabahar Port as an example of trilateral cooperation, mine extraction, investment, banking ties, and trade were explored.

Afghanistan welcomed the idea of boosting cooperation on Chabahar Port, as it is one of the shortest and the most reasonable secure ways of reaching international waters, Araqchi said.

Security was another issue discussed by the representatives of the three countries, according to the Iranian diplomat.

He said that fighting production and smuggling of illegal drugs, fighting terrorism, and movements of the terrorist group of Daesh (ISIS) were put forth for discussion at the trilateral meetings.

He also noted that out of the five joint Iranian-Afghan commissions in view of a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement, the three commissions of culture, water and immigrants have finalized their works under supervision of respective ministries in the two countries.

With completion of the other two projects, the comprehensive agreement will be signed by Afghan and Iranian Presidents, Araqchi said.

The trilateral meeting was proposed after the cooperation agreement was signed by Iran, India and Afghanistan on Chabahar Port in 2016. Kabul's talks was the first round of the meetings.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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