Iranian new Ambassador to Afghanistan Bahador Aminian and Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah discussed bilateral relations in a meeting in Kabul stressing expansion of closer ties between the neighboring countries.

Iran Press/Asia: The two sides exchanged ideas over presidential elections in Afghanistan and steps to reach peace as well as bilateral relations between Iran and Afghanistan, the chief executive's office announced on Tuesday.

Abdullah said Iran is a strategic ally and a close friend of Afghanistan and thanked Iran for its cooperation with Afghanistan in different stages.

Also, the Iranian envoy said Afghanistan is a close friend of Iran and added that Iran regards the development and security of Afghanistan as its own security and development.

"Relations between the two countries are based on common values and historical-cultural ties," said Aminian.

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