Regional cooperation only way to peace: Iran envoy

Islamabad, Jan 4, IRNA -- Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost says a trustful cooperation in the region is the only way leading to peace.

He made the remarks during a meeting with newly-appointed ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan Atif Mashal in Islamabad.

“We will continue our nexus to facilitate our esteemed countries cooperation,” he said. Two neighboring ambassadors negotiated common interests and concerns about regional developments.

Iran and Afghanistan as neighbors enjoy strong bilateral ties. Iran is also hosting bulk of Afghan refugees for last many years.

Iran has been playing a constructive role for restoring peace in neighboring Afghanistan. In a major development Iran recently has initiated talks with Afghan Taliban.

Earlier Pakistan Foreign ministry spokesperson Muhammad Faisal had also acknowledged Iran’s role in Afghan peace process, and said that regional consensus is important for the success and sustainability of reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.

Responding to a question of IRNA at his weekly media briefing in Islamabad, he said that Pakistan believes neighbors of Afghanistan should be on board to play a role for Afghan peace process.

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