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Iran, Afghanistan sign mutual cooperation agreement

8/26/04 Kabul, Aug 26, IRNA -- Iran and the interim Islamic government of Afghanistan on Thursday signed an agreement on promotion of mutual economic cooperation.

The agreement, signed by Iran's Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance Mohsen Safaie Farahani and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani Ahmad Zi, calls for better economic relations and cooperation based on respect for each other's national sovereignty and laws.

It also calls for mutual efforts to attain the objectives.

The Iranian delegation is in Kabul to explore ways for further contribution of the Iranian private sector to Afghanistan's reconstruction.

Under the agreement, Afghan technicians would undergo training courses in Iran or Afghanistan, Afghan ministries would have access to Iranian state-run Persian language softwares and public libraries and those located at universities would be provided with their needed books.

Iran would contribute to building Sangan-Harat and Harat-Meymaneh roads.

The Afghan party would provide Iran with necessary information of its reconstruction projects and Iran would have necessary cooperation with Afghanistan in implementing the related projects.

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