Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. (YJC)

December 14, 2020

Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs Abbas Araghchi announced that Tehran and Kabul will soon sign a “comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement”.

He said four parts of the five-part deal have been agreed upon. The security aspect of the agreement is what remains and will be inked soon, he told the IRNA news agency on the sidelines of his visit to Afghanistan.

Iran and Afghanistan are neighboring countries that enjoy common interests, Araghchi remarked.

Iran always stands by the people and government of Afghanistan, he stressed. This cooperation is demonstrated on how peace and stability in Afghanistan bring peace and stability to Iran.

The people of Afghanistan recognize that the source of problems in their country in the past 40 years has been foreign powers and other countries, he continued.

Iran has not been a source of such trouble, he stressed.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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