TEHRAN (Iran News) – President Hassan Rouhani of Iran hoped that the Afghanistan peace process with the centrality of the Afghan government and the presence of all political groups will lead to peace.
He made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on August 1, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
Congratulating his Afghan counterpart on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), Rouhani stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been willing to expend bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, relying on historical and cultural commonalities between the two countries and using trade, economic and transit capacity in various fields.”
Hoping that Iran-Afghanistan’s comprehensive cooperation plan will be prepared soon, President Rouhani said that limiting the coronavirus spread would lead the two capitals to register signing of Iran-Afghanistan comprehensive cooperation plan in a meeting in Tehran as well as the inauguration of the Khaf-Herat Railway as two historic achievements in the history of bilateral friendly interactions in the coming months.
Welcoming declaring a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan by Taliban, Rouhani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported peace process led by the Afghan government and we hope that inter-Afghan talks, with the centrality of legal government and all political groups of Afghanistan and Taliban, will bear fruition in accordance with the Constitution.”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement on July 28 declared a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, starting on July 31.
Turning to the coronavirus global pandemic, Rouhani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will stand by the people and government of Afghanistan and will spare no effort in this regard.”
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, for his part, congratulated Eid al-Adha to his Iranian counterpart and appreciated Tehran’s support for Kabul in its fight against the fatal COVID-19, including offering quality medical and healthcare services to Afghan migrants in Iran.
He also praised Iran’s support for Afghanistan’s peace talks and hoped that Tehran’s support would lead to bringing more peace and security to Afghanistan, the region and the entire world.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews