Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan are pursuing a common vision for regional peace, a statement said Friday after a trilateral ministerial meeting.
The decision was made following a meeting in Islamabad between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Kabir Farahi and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir, in Islamabad, Press TV reported.
The three sides agreed to work for a common cause to promote peace, security, stability and progress in the strategic region by further building partnership based on mutual interest and respect and in line with the ideals of the United Nations.
It was agreed that a strong impetus will be given to trilateral cooperation in the political, economic, development, reconstruction, cultural and social domains.
In the regional context, the three countries underscored their strong resolve to fight terrorism and extremism, curb drug abuse and organized crime, and promote trans-regional cooperation.
The pledge was made in tandem with the decision taken by the leaders of the three neighboring countries at their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ECO Summit in Tehran last month.
A ministerial meeting will set the date for the next trilateral summit to be held in Tehran.
It has been reported that Iran and Japan are keen on restoring peace and stability to war-ravaged Afghanistan, Iran’s ambassador to Japan said on Saturday.
Abbas Araqchi said Iran and Japan are willing to boost cooperation in the fields of anti-narcotics and holding technical/vocational training in Afghanistan, IRNA reported.
Highlighting Iran’s sustained reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, he said the government in Tokyo is willing to help Iran in the huge task.
Araqchi noted that Iran is friend of Japan and expressed hope that the deepening social and other crises emanating from drug smuggling from Afghanistan would be resolved soon.
Iran’s eastern border with Afghanistan and Pakistan is a major drug smuggling conduit from which the bulk of the illegal drugs flow to the outside world. Iranian security forces often clash with smugglers and drug barons in the porous border regions that is very difficult if not impossible to control.
The crackdown on drug smugglers has cost the country an estimated 600 million dollars over the past two years alone. Over the past two decades Iran has lost 3,000 plus police officers and law enforcement officials to the anti-drug campaign.