News ID: 271581
Published: 1002 GMT July 16, 2020

Araqchi urges need to speed up implementation of Tehran-Kabul economic agreements

Araqchi urges need to speed up implementation of Tehran-Kabul economic agreements

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, currently in Afghanistan for talks with senior officials of that country, stressed facilitating the accomplishment of previously signed economic agreements between Tehran and Kabul.

He made the call in separate meetings with Afhanistan’s Acting Minsiter of Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal and Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Acting Minister of Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs.

During his meeting with Arghandiwal on July 16, Araqchi stressed the need for making joint planning to promote bilateral cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan.

The Iranian senior diplomat arrived in Kabul on July 15, heading a ranking politico-economic delegation, to exchange views with senior officials of Iran’s eastern neighboring state on major bilateral, regional and international issues.

On July 15, Araqchi met Haneef Atmar and voiced Tehran’s readiness to help the Afghanistan government with advancing the process of peace talks in that country.

He also expressed hope that the intra-afghan negotiations will be held soon with the participation of all Afghan parties.

Araqchi and Haneef Atmar further discussed problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Tehran and Kabul, and issues related to Chabahar development projects and transit routes in Central Asia.

The two sides also agreed on a roadmap and the time schedule of finalizing a comprehensive cooperation document between the two capitals.

Araqchi noted that preserving the achievements of Afghan people, especially the constitution and democratic structures, after four decades of war is of great importance.

His visit comes in response to a visit to Tehran by Atmar on June 21-22.

The intra-Afghan negotiations were scheduled to begin on March 10, 2020 in Oslo, Norway. However, it was called off since the composition of the Afghan government negotiating team has not yet been determined.

Later in June, President Ashraf Ghani has accepted a Qatari government proposal for hosting the intra-Afghan talks in Doha.

The deal requires the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners by the start of the talks, in a prisoner exchange for 1,000 government soldiers held by the Taliban.

Iran favors the intra-Afghan talks and believes the talks will help stabilize the country’s political situation. Tehran has repeatedly announced that it is pushing for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif had called on Afghan leaders in late April to start intra-Afghan negotiations.


IRNA and MNA contributd to this story.

Resource: IRNA, MNA
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