Iran seeks role in Afghanistan's stability: Iranian FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif has arrived in the Afghan capital with the aim to reshape bilateral ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif has arrived in the Afghan capital with the aim to reshape bilateral ties

KABUL, Afghanistan - Iran is seeking a role in Afghanistan’s development and stability, Iranian foreign minister said in Kabul on Tuesday.

Mohammad Jawad Zarif arrived in the Afghan capital with the aim to reshape bilateral ties.

Zarif met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at the Presidential Palace in the evening.

"We are seeking to play a role in Afghanistan’s development and stability, and we believe that it is of great importance," the Iranian minister said after the meetings.

"Iran is a reliable friend for the Afghan government and state," Abdullah said.

Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars quoted Afghan officials as saying that the Kabul government was keen to import natural gas from Iran.

Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar recently made a two-day visit to Tehran. The Afghan president is also due to visit Tehran to hold talks on common security threats, joint anti-narcotics operations and the fate of thousands of Afghan refugees in Iran.

Last week, Atmar said regional countries were increasing their joint efforts to counter-terrorism. He said countries in the region now realized that terrorism was not only a problem of Afghanistan.

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