Nasir Ahmad Nour: New Economic Agreements will Improve Iran-Afghanistan Relations
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Tehran Nasir Ahmad Nour has underlined the importance role of Iran in the recent developments of Afghanistan.
“Islamic Republic of Iran is among the most important countries maintaining friendly relations with Afghanistan. Iran also plays a key role in the reconstruction projects of Afghanistan. The Iranian government has accommodated and educated a large number of Afghan refugees in Iran,” the Afghan envoy remarked on Monday.
The embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran marked the Afghan Independence Day on 19 August. Iranian managers and businessmen attended the ceremony at the location of Afghanistan’s embassy.
“The government of Afghanistan wants to improve its political and economic relations with the Iranian government. As a matter of fact Afghanistan and Iran share similar language, culture and history. President Hassan Rouhani has recently vowed to enhance the ties between the two nations.” Afghan Ambassador to Tehran told local media.
Nasir Ahmad Noor also declared that the governments of Iran and Afghanistan have signed new strategic agreements. It is worth mentioning that Hamid Karzai was among the world leaders invited to President Hassan Rouhani’s swearing-in.
According to Iranian political analysts, Islamic Republic of Iran is trying to reduce the growing influence of the United States in Afghanistan. To achieve this goal, the Iranian government has offered incentive economic deals to the government of Afghanistan.
On the other hand, trade between the two nations has increased significantly since the overthrow of the Taliban government in 2001. Iran’s late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi used to support Mujahideen and Taliban in early years.
Millions of Afghans fled to Iran over the past 20 years. Most refugees are residing in camps set up by the Iranian government in partnership with United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR). The refugees are currently taking advantage of free education and health care in Iran. A number of Afghan ministers and leaders are graduated from Iran’s top universities.