Jan 5, 2016, 7:06 PM
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Zarif says Iran, Afghanistan ties roadmap should be drawn

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that drawing the roadmap of relations with Afghanistan is required.

In a meeting with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday, Zarif said the roadmap should contain all aspects and issues of mutual ties, including transit, trade, security and judicial issues.
He thanked government of Afghanistan for guaranteeing security and movement towards peace within the framework of dialog among all Afghan parties.
The two sides also held consultations on latest developments in bilateral relations, expansion of mutual ties and terrorism, extremism and more effective bilateral cooperation.
While in Tehran, Abdullah and Iranian officials have held discussions on bilateral ties and regional cooperation.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraft Ghani visited Iran in early April.
Abdullah will visit Port of Chabahar during his three-day stay. He is the second Afghan official to visit Iran this year.
A high-ranking delegation, including the ministers of interior, economy and foreign affairs accompany Abdullah in his visit to Tehran.
The issues of Afghan refugees in Iran and border security are expected to be discussed in Abdullah's meetings with Iranian officials.
Back in April 2015, Iran and Afghanistan signed two cooperation agreements as part of the measures to boost the relations between the two neighbors in various areas.
In a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, high-ranking officials from the two countries singed the documents.
In 2009, Iran was one of the largest investors in Afghanistan mainly in the construction of roads and bridges as well as agriculture and health care.
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