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Iranian FM to attend Afghanistan conference in Berlin: official

Berlin, March 24, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi is to participate in the third Afghanistan conference, due to take place on March 31 and April 1 in Berlin, a senior German official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told IRNA Wednesday.

"We expect that the Iranian foreign minister will attend the conference," the official said.

The meeting is to focus on pressing ahead with Afghanistan's political and economic rebuilding porcess.

Participants at the Afghanistan conference include German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Afghan President Hamid Karzai as well as representatives of Afghanistan's neighboring nations, the EU, NATO, World Bank and IMF.

During the first Afghanistan conference in late 2001 in Bonn, a provisional government and political roadmap were agreed upon, while the follow-up conference in December 2002 focused on the formation of an Afghan national army.

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