Iran, Afghanistan discuss expansion of mutual ties
Tehran, May 23, 2006 (IRNA) - Afghan Ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Omar Davoudzi here Tuesday conferred with member of Majlis Presiding Board and MP from Qaenat, Moussa Qorbani, on ways of expanding bilateral friendly relations.
According to a report released by Majlis Media Department, Qorbani congratulated the new Afghan government on taking office recently and briefed him on Iran's strategic policy, which is based on strengthening sincere relations.
The MP also declared Iran's readiness to participate in Afghanistan's reconstruction and development.
Turning to the need to equip and improve the common border customs offices, he said that development of border markets and customs offices will improve the economy of the area and prevent smuggling of goods.
Qorbani referred to drug smuggling as the most important problem in the region and said that Iran is prepared to help Afghanistan cultivate another product instead of poppy.
Meanwhile, he called on Afghan government for more serious cooperation to campaign smuggling of drugs.
For his part, the Afghan diplomat urged the need for brotherly ties between the two countries and said that expansion of relations with Iran is highly important to his country.
Appreciating Iran's assistance in Afghanistan's reconstruction, he said that all of the development projects implemented by Iran have been finalized in the shortest time and optimally.
He pointed to the significance of Iran's economic aid to his country and called for continued cooperation in the field.