Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, on Monday met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who pledged his country’s support for an enduring and acceptable peace for the people of Afghanistan, Abdullah’s office said.
The Iranian president said he hopes that the peace efforts will work in Afghanistan's favor, a statement by Abdullah’s office reads, and Iran's leader insisted on the implementation of joint economic plans between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Abdullah spoke of recent developments in the peace efforts, the peace negotiations in Doha, and his travel to other regional countries and stressed Afghanistan’s will to achieve a permanent peace with dignity.
He appreciated the “principled” stance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in supporting the Afghan peace efforts and called for the continuation of support, the statement said.
Abdullah said he supports the effort to implement economic plans for the two countries and said that doing such could provide the foundation for peace and further regional cooperation.
In an interview with Iranian media on Sunday, Abdullah said that continuing the war in Afghanistan does not serve any interest in any country.
The people of Afghanistan are suffering but it’s also affecting the regional countries economically, Abdullah mentioned during the interview.
“Asia and South Asia will connect when is peace in Afghanistan, so there will be good transit and economic relations,” Abdullah, said, adding: “I think all countries will benefit from peace in Afghanistan more than continuing the war.”
“The war in Afghanistan has also cost the regional countries,” he mentioned.
Abdullah believes that a "relative consensus" has emerged in the region on the Afghan peace process.
Meanwhile, Abdullah expressed his opposition to the establishment of an interim government in the country.
“Setting an interim or a transitional government as a solution cannot be considered. What will happen next? In fact, peace and the things that ensure the sustainability and the success of the peace process should be discussed.”
On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Abdullah in Tehran and discussed the Afghan peace process, Abdullah’s office confirmed.