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Afghanistan, Iran house speakers vow to continue cooperation in fighting terrorism, drug trafficking

TEHRAN: Afghan House Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi met with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani in Tehran and underlined the need to expand mutual cooperation in different fields, specially fighting terrorism and crushing international drug trafficking networks.
During the meeting in the Iranian capital on Friday, Ibrahimi and Larijani explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relations, in particular in the anti-terror campaign.
During the meeting, Larijani pointed to the current situation in Afghanistan, and said that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan; Afghanistan’s issue can only be settled politically.”
Two officials met on the sidelines of the ‘2nd Speakers’ Conference, The Challenges of Terrorism and Inter-Regional Connectivity’.
The Iranian parliament speaker said, “Terrorism and drugs are two blades of a scissors and we hope this issue would be resolved in Afghanistan as soon as possible through political means.”
Larijani pointed to the importance of cooperation in combating drug trafficking, and said many countries are buckled under the pressure of water crisis which can be the source of disagreement or development. “Therefore, bilateral resources can be used to solve the issue in order to develop relations between the two countries.”
Ibrahimi, for his part, pointed to the presence of ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan, and said, “Maintaining peace and security in the country being paid heed to since the terrorists put our neighboring countries into trouble, as well.”
“The terrorists are equipped with advanced weapons and intend to cross the borders to other countries, so cooperation of all countries is crucial for peace in Afghanistan,” he added.
Tehran hosts the second inter-parliamentary conference on terrorism in which top parliamentarians from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, and China participate.
The conference is aimed at devising plans to combat terrorism, share the experiences of participants, adopt new and effective regional approaches, promote regional cooperation, and push for the establishment of broad-based and sustainable peace and development.
The previous meeting was held in Pakistan’s Islamabad in December 2017.
The Kabul Times

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