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Iran, Afghanistan and UN sign $4.3m telecommunications deal

The Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan and the UN-affiliated International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signed Tuesday a $4.3m agreement on telecommunications, IRNA reported from Kabul.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Mohammad-Hossein Adeli and Afghan Minister of Communications Mohammad Masoom Stanakzai respectively on behalf of Iran and Afghanistan and the UN representative for ITU signed the tripartite agreement in Kabul.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, under the agreement, was bound to provide Afghanistan with the necessary budget to construct a training center for telecommunications in the capital of the war-torn country, Kabul.

UN representative for ITU Amid Bin Torah, after signing the agreement, appreciated unsparing assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Afghanistan.

Amid Bin Torah stressed that such assistance would lead to speeding up the trend of reconstruction of Afghanistan, saving its people from hunger and approaching the Afghan society to the current modern world.

Afghan Minister of Communications Mohammad Masoom Stanakzai, for is part, appreciated assistance of the Iranian government to Afghanistan, saying the government and people of Iran have supported Afghanistan since the early days of reconstruction of the war-stricken country.

Adeli arrived in Kabul Tuesday morning for a two-day official visit.

Adeli, during his stay in Afghanistan, is scheduled to hold separate talks with the Afghan ministers of foreign affairs, commerce, communications and the governor of central bank as well as some other senior administrative officials of the Afghan interim government.

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