1121 GMT June 17, 2018
An Iranian senior military official said Afghanistan's security and stability is of great importance to Tehran, noting that Iran has done everything to help the country during the past years.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for International Affairs General Qadir Nezami expressed Iran’s Armed Forces’ readiness for opening a new era of cooperation in various military fields with the Afghanistan Army, IRNA reported.
Nezami made the remarks in a meeting with Afghanistan Deputy Minister of Defense for Policy and Strategy Tamim Asey in Tehran on Wednesday.
The Iranian official also referred to Iran’s hosting of more than three million Afghan refugees during the past four decades as an example of cooperation between the two neighbors.
He also warned against the plot of transferring some elements of the Daesh terrorist group from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, saying that it can create a new crisis for Afghanistan.
The Afghan official, heading a ranking military delegation, said that his country understands Iran’s concerns about the terrorist group and other foreign forces in Afghanistan, stressing that Kabul will never allow the groups to act against Iran’s national security from Afghanistan’s territory.
Back in February, the defense ministers of Iran and Afghanistan called for efforts to enhance bilateral and regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism given the relocation of terrorist groups from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan.
In June 2017, Iran and Afghanistan held the first round of talks on a comprehensive strategic partnership document as part of efforts to boost bilateral relations in various areas, including security, defense, economy, culture, and education.