Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi on Thursday said that terrorism is a common threat to the entire region, stating that peace and stability in Afghanistan means peace and stability in Iran.
Speaking at an event titled "Perspectives on Afghanistan-Iran Relations: Challenges, Opportunities," organized by the Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies in Kabul, the Iranian official said that security in the region is integrated.
“Araghchi stated that security in the region is an integrated concept and it can be said, without exaggeration, that peace and stability in Afghanistan guarantee peace and stability in Iran,” said a statement by AISS.
In his speech, he referred to the "Comprehensive Document of Strategic Cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan" and gave a full explanation of how the document has been set up in five committees.
Araghchi added that Iran's goal with this "comprehensive" document is to find common ground for cooperation with Afghanistan in all these areas.
The Iranian official also addressed the principles set out in the document, saying "non-interference in each other's affairs", "non-aggression" and "non-use of each other's territory to attack and invade other countries" are the most fundamental principles of the document.
“We believe that the peace process should move in a direction where we can have a broader involvement from all layers of the society and all factions in Afghanistan including the Taliban. The Taliban is a reality,” said Araghchi.
In answer to a question about the recruitment of Afghans to fight Daesh in Syria, Araghchi said: “If we had not crushed Daesh in Syria, then we would have had to fight them on the streets of Tehran and Kabul.”
Araghchi also met Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and the two sides discussed the Afghan peace process and bilateral relations.
“Mr. Araghchi thanked the High Council for National Reconciliation and pledged continued cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Afghanistan and to the peace process,” Abdullah’s office said in a statement.
“The two sides announced peace and stability in Afghanistan in the interest of peace in the region and in the world,” the statement said.
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