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Iran urges regional cooperation to promote ‘calm’ in Afghanistan

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks before parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 25, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks before parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 25, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi calls for regional cooperation, especially between the Islamic Republic and Pakistan, to promote “security and calm” in Afghanistan.

He makes the remarks during a meeting in Tehran with Islamabad’s top diplomat Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who also meets his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Iran and Pakistan are the top host countries of Afghan refugees in the world.

“Regional countries, especially Iran and Pakistan, can through cooperation prepare the ground for interaction between active ethnicities and groups to establish security and calm in Afghanistan,” Raisi is quoted by the government’s official website as saying.

“The presence of Americans and foreigners not only fails to bring about security but causes problems,” he adds.

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