Jan 5, 2016, 4:26 PM
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Leader calls for Afghan national unity to overcome difficulties

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Afghan national unity is the best way to overcome difficulties in Afghanistan.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdollah Abdollah.
Th Supreme Leader said that Iran considers security, peace and progress of Afghanistan as its own.
He hailed the initiative of formation National Unity Government in Afghanistan and hoped for the notion to be fulfilled in practice.
Pointing to the history of friendly co-existence between Sunni and Shia ethnic groups in Afghanistan, the Ayatollah said discord and divergence could undermine the Afghan nation which is from old times known for its patience, endurance and religious spirit.
Highlighting Iran’s support for the Afghan nation like when they strongly stood up to the then Soviet Union occupation of the country and then supporting the Mujaheed forces, the Ayatollah said Iran still is hosting three million Afghan people.
The Supreme Leader said that currently 16,000 Afghan students are studying at Iranian schools and universities as a good chance for Afghanistan adding that the Afghan government would benefit from their expertise if the go back to their homeland.
The Supreme Leader called for upgrading cooperation between the two nations to solve some existing problems like border demarcation and dividing the border river.
Ayatollah Khamenei criticized the policy of isolating Mujaheed forces in the past few years by labeling them as warlords and said in a country which is a victim of military aggression, the people should mobilize their defense force with a spirit of Jihad.
The Leader said that everybody saw just how many people Americans killed in Afghanistan and the magnitude of the damages inflicted on the country.
The Afghan official thanked Iran for its support and said the main problem his country faced was existence of terrorist groups.