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EghtesadOnline: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for efforts to restore calm to neighboring Afghanistan, hailing the Kabul government’s vigilance against divisive enemy plots in the region.

In a Thursday phone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, President Rouhani expressed sorrow over the deaths of Afghan people in terrorist attacks in the country, PressTV reported.

“Fortunately, the Afghan government has adopted prudent positions in line with maintaining unity and neutralizing the plots aimed at sowing discord in the region.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for peace, stability and sustainable security in Afghanistan and considers it in line with promotion of its own security and to the benefit of the regional peace and stability,” he added.

Rouhani underlined the need for an all-out campaign against narcotics production and trafficking, calling for extensive international cooperation to eradicate the phenomenon.

The Iranian president stressed the importance of the promotion of Tehran-Kabul economic ties.

He added that the inauguration of the Port of Chabahar in southeastern Iran in the near future and connection of Iran-Afghan railway networks together and later to the International North–South Transport Corridor will enhance trade ties among the regional countries.

The North–South corridor is a 7,200-km-long multi-mode network of ship, rail, and road route which connects India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.

The Afghan president, for his part, underscored the importance of stronger unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims in Afghanistan and noted that Kabul will never allow the enemies to create division in his nation.

He also stressed Afghanistan’s determination to counter narcotics and called for the enhancement of relations with Iran in all areas.


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