By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani congratulated Iran’s President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi on his victory in Iran’s presidential elections last week and told Raisi he hoped relations would further expand under his leadership.
The Presidential Palace said in a statement on Tuesday PRsident Ghani and Raisi had a telephonic conversation. “Afghanistan and Iran are two neighboring and brotherly countries, and I hope that your election as President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Iran will further expand relations and cooperation in various fields between the two countries”, the statement cited the president as having told Raisi.
In return, Raisi thanked Afghan president for his call and stressed the need to deepen relations and expand cooperation between the two countries.
Raisi, a hardliner and fierce critic of the West, won Iran’s presidential election on Friday. Raisi will take office in early August, replacing pragmatist Hassan Rouhani, under whom Tehran struck a deal agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions.