US withdrawal, a chance to strengthen Afghanistan's defense capabilities: Shamkhani
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, called the withdrawal of US military forces from Afghanistan, a golden opportunity for the country to strengthen its defense and military capabilities.
According to Iran Press, the top Iranian security official also expressed Tehran’s readiness to enhance military and defense cooperation with Kabul.
Shamkhani added: “In an organized move, the enemies of regional security and calm seek to make the common border insecure in order to transfer the defeated Daesh (ISIS) terrorists to Afghanistan and support the spread of Takfiri terrorism in that country, so that they could once again fan the flames of war, bloodshed and insecurity in the region.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for his part, called for the formation of joint mechanisms between the intelligence and security organizations of Iran and Afghanistan in the battle against terrorism, organized crime and drugs.
Earlier in the day, during a meeting with the National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib, Iran's top security official said Tehran is engaged in negotiations with Taliban to help settle the existing security problems in Afghanistan, and will continue the negotiations in the future.
Ali Shamkhani added: “A series of contacts and negotiations between Iran and the Taliban have been held with full knowledge of the Afghan government, and this process will continue.”
The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council who arrived in Kabul for an official visit, also met with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. 101/ 211 /