Afghanistan's Security, Iran's Core Policy: Foreign Minister


At a meeting with Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Haneef Atmar in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that progress and security of Afghanistan are among the Islamic Republic’s core policies, according to Iranian media.

Zarif said that the Iranian and Afghan people enjoy cordial relations.

“Afghanistan is a friend neighbor of the Islamic Republic of Iran and progress and security of this country are regarded as Iran’s progress and security,” he said.

He urged the two countries to further strengthen cooperation in all sectors.

Zarif pointed to an order by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei about schooling for Afghan children in Iran and said: “This issue indicates that we believe in Afghanistan’s progress and development at the highest level.”

In January, during a meeting with CEO Abdulla Abdullah, Khamenei ordered that all Afghan children in Iran be permitted to attend school regardless of their residency status.

At the meeting, Atmar also said Afghanistan attaches great importance to bolstering cooperation with Iran and called on all regional countries to improve close cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

The Afghan security official is in Tehran for a two-day official visit to meet with senior Iranian officials.

Atmar also met other Iranian officials during his visit.

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