Dushanbe (IP) - In a meeting with his Afghan counterpart, the Iranian Foreign Minister described the efforts of some parties to disturb the public opinion of the two countries as a sign of dissatisfaction with Iran-Afghanistan’s close relations.

Iran Press/Iran News: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Monday on the sidelines of the Ninth Conference on the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in Tajikistan.

During the meeting, the Iranian Foreign Minister reviewed the latest state of cooperation between the two countries, noting that the efforts of some parties to disturb the public opinion were a sign of dissatisfaction of some countries with Iran-Afghanistan’s close relations.

Referring to the lifting of some consular restrictions on Afghan nationals, Zarif said the aim of the measures was to combat the smuggling of Afghan nationals to Iran and stressed the need to continue efforts to clarify the presence of Afghan nationals in Iran.

FM Zarif also called for the continuation and development of constructive cooperation and consultations between the two countries in political and economic fields.

Atmar also stressed Afghanistan's full readiness to form a joint commission between the two countries in the coming weeks.

Explaining the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan by the Afghan Foreign Minister, as well as exchanging views on the Afghan peace process, were other topics discussed during the meeting.

The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran arrived in Dushanbe, on Sunday night to attend the Ninth Conference on the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process.

Currently, 15 countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, are members of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process.


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