Deputy Foreign Minister Meets and Discusses Bilateral Ties with His Iranian Counterpart

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets and Discusses Bilateral Ties with His Iranian Counterpart

KABUL—Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, this noon.

The visiting high level Iranian delegate called on Deputy Minister Zaman to discuss important bilateral issues.

The two sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest; including the status of progress in the activities of the five joint committees, as well as the peace process.

At the outset, the two sides talked about the importance of strengthened bilateral ties, emphasizing the need for enhanced political consultations.

The relevant accompanying delegates of the two sides briefed the meeting on the status of progress in their respective activities within the various committee frameworks.

Deputy Minister Araghchi assured his counterpart that the Iranian side has almost finalized their work related to the issue of water, which is dealt with within a separate joint committee.

The two Deputy Foreign Ministers noted that the issue of water is not a matter of conflict but an area of cooperation.

They also agreed to convene the joint committee meeting on economic and transit cooperation in the near future.

The discussions also included the peace process, the status of progress in the context, as well as the peace roadmap presented by H.E. President Ghani at the Geneva Conference.

Both sides emphasized the importance of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Afghanistan – Iran bilateral ties are dealt with by separate joint working committees; namely Security & Defense, Economic & Transit, Culture, Water, and Refugees.

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