Tehran (IP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the two Iran- Afghanistan nations have historically maintained fraternity and neighborliness, today the Khaf-Herat railway strengthens the ties between the two countries.

Iran PressIran News: During the inauguration ceremony of the Khaf-Herat railway, which was attended by the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani via videoconferencing, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: "Today is the day of peace and mercy for the two great nations of Afghanistan and Iran. Two nations that are from the same root, the same history, the same culture, and the same region, and throughout history have maintained their fraternity and neighborliness as best allies.”

Rouhani added: "Today is a day of happiness for the two  Afghanistan-Iran nations, and for my part, I am very pleased that although we could not do this inauguration due to the coronavirus outbreak together, in a physical presence, we will witness this great inauguration through cyberspace by the order of the two presidents.”

During the ceremony, the President of Afghanistan considered the operation of Khaf-Herat railway project as the result of efforts of both countries in connecting the region and achieving future economic prosperity, noting: "I dreamed of being present at the inauguration of this great project, but the limitations caused by the coronavirus outbreak led us to inaugurate this vital project via videoconferencing."

Ashraf Ghani, for his part, stated: "Completion of this important project, despite the limitations caused by the spread of the coronavirus, is a clear sign of the national will of both countries and the result of the efforts of engineers, workers, and staff of this important project."

"The inauguration of this historic project will undoubtedly be an important step towards more economic cooperation between the two countries," he added.


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