Iran stresses need for preventing creation of terrorist groups in Afghanistan

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined the need for all neighboring countries to support Afghanistan's national sovereignty and prevent creation and growth of terrorist groups in the region.

"I think that all neighbors should defend Afghanistan's territorial integrity and national sovereignty and they are needed to avoid interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs and shouldn’t allow the terrorist groups to grow in this region," Qassemi said in an interview with Afghanistan's Ava news agency on Saturday.

"Certainly, we shouldn’t allow the terrorist groups to be formed in Afghanistan and disturb the Afghan people and government," he added.

Noting that Tehran respects Afghanistan's sovereignty and people, Qassemi said that Iran will cooperate with Kabul as much as it can as security in Afghanistan is important to Iran.

His remarks came after Iranian and Afghan Foreign Ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif and Salahuddin Rabbani in a meeting in Kabul last Sunday stressed the need for boosting the two countries' cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

"We don’t have good or bad terrorists and countries should fight against the terrorist groups in cooperation with each other and security should be established at countries' borders and the terrorist groups shouldn’t be able to harm countries' security," Zarif said during the meeting.

Elsewhere, he also underscored the necessity for strengthened mutual economic cooperation within the framework of the full package of economic cooperation earlier agreed between Tehran and Kabul.

Rabbani, for his part, confirmed his country's willingness to cooperate with Iran in campaign against terrorism as well as economic fields, and appreciated Tehran for its aid to the Afghan refugees.



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