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Iran ready to assist in formation of Afghanistan's national army

Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific affairs Mohsen Aminzadeh on Sunday conferred with Afghanistan's First Vice President and Defense Minister Marshal Mohammad Fahim Khan on matters of mutual interest, IRNA reported from Kabul.

In the meeting, Aminzadeh reiterated Iran's support for the stability and sovereignty of the Afghan government and said that Iran has had an active part in the construction of Herat-Dougharoun road, the grand Milak bridge, study on railway project, development of scientific and educational cooperation and joint customs projects.

Stressing Iran's active participation in the reconstruction process of its neighboring country, he noted that once the required budget is provided, some of the projects will soon get underway.

The official also declared Iran's readiness to assist in the formation of a national army and training the police. Aminzadeh hoped that the Loya Jirga and the new constitution

will soon be finalized in the country, similar to other positive developments, to promote its political sovereignty and economic progress.

For his part, Fahim Khan thanked Iran for its close cooperation with the Afghan government and nation in line with new developments in the country.

Turning to the developments in Afghanistan within the past two years as positive and expressing optimism about the future of the country, he felt assured that Afghanistan's allies will continue their support for the country's progress, promotion of its sovereignty and maintenance of its security.

... Payvand News - 12/7/03 ... --

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