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Iran-Afghanistan ties unique in region: Afghan FM spokesman

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 10:09

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai on Sunday termed Tehran-Kabul ties as brotherly and friendly, saying Iran-Afghan relations are unique in the region, IRNA reported.

He made the remarks in his weekly press conference in Kabul.

Referring to abundant cultural, religious and language affinities between the two countries, Mosazai called for enhanced bilateral ties during the new Iranian Presidents tenure.

He appreciated Irans support for Afghan government and its principled stand on peace talks in Afghanistan.

On Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs recent visit to Iran, he said that the Afghan official had conferred with high-ranking Iranian officials on coordination about Afghan refugees living in Iran.

A joint committee has been set up to pursue the exchange of prisoners between the two countries, he said, expressing hope for solving this issue through consular cooperation.

Commenting on hanging a number of afghan drug dealers in Iran, he said that Iran fairly tries smugglers, regardless of their nationality.

Meanwhile, he touched on security deal between US and Afghanistan, saying the deal is still suspended, since the US side has not fulfilled its written guarantees about Talibans new office in Qatar.

Opening of Talibans office in Qatar following secret negotiations between members of the militant group and US officials, irrespective of Kabuls views, led to Afghan anger and suspension of Kabul-Washington talks on security deal.

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