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Iranian President officially greets his Afghan counterpart

Tehran, May 27, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad officially greeted his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai at the presidential office here Saturday.

The Afghan president, heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, arrived in Tehran on Saturday on a three-day visit.

President Karzai, upon his arrival in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, was welcomed by Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Davoud Danesh-Jafari.

The Afghan president is accompanied by nine cabinet ministers which include National Security Advisor Zalmay Rassoul, Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Minister of Energy, Water and Power Ismail Khan, Minister of Agriculture Obaidullah Ramin, Minister of the Interior Moqbal Zarar and Public Works Minister Surab Ali Safari.

Afghanistan's ministers of economy, transportation and culture as well as the governors of Herat, Farah and Nimruz provinces are also ccompanying Karzai.

During his stay in Iran, Karzai will confer with his Iranian counterpart, Majlis speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

During the greeting ceremony, the national anthems of the two countries were played as the Iranian and Afghan presidents walked past the guard of honor.

After the welcoming ceremony, the first round of talks will be held between the two sides officials.

Expansion of mutual relations as well as regional and global developments are among the major subjects on the agenda of talks.

Meanwhile, during meetings with Iranian officials, seven agreements and memoranda of understanding on transfer of prisoners, extradition of criminals, promotion of investment, construction of the Khwaf-Herat railway as well as cooperation in cultural, judicial and economic fields are expected to be signed.

Karzai is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Center for Middle East Scientific Research and Strategic Studies and meet members of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines during his three-day stay in the country.

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