0825 GMT January 20, 2022
The two sides also explored avenues for the enhancement of regional and international cooperation, in a Sunday meeting in Tehran between Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and Vice Chairman of the Security Council of Kyrgyzstan Talatbek Masadykov, Tasnim News Agency reported.
They also stressed the need for the promotion of cooperation between Tehran and Bishkek in the political, security and economic arenas.
Iran and Kyrgyzstan share civilizational commonalities and also common interests and threats, Shamkhani said, expressing the Iranian technology-based companies’ readiness to work with Kyrgyz counterparts.
He blamed wrong U.S. policies for the current critical conditions in Afghanistan, saying Washington’s flawed policies have resulted in crises in the region after more than 20 years of occupation.
“Considering the need for ensuring peace, stability and sustainable security in Afghanistan, we believe the formation of an inclusive government involving all ethnic groups is a main factor capable of contributing to achieving the goal,” Shamkhani said.
Masadykov voiced Kyrgyzstan’s willingness to broaden economic, political and security interactions with Iran.
Highlighting the common stances of Kyrgyzstan and Iran on the Afghan crisis, the visiting official said it is necessary for the regional countries to use collective and coordinated initiatives to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, extreme poverty and spread of terrorism in Afghanistan.
He suggested that Bishkek and Tehran can expand security cooperation and share experiences in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.