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India, Iran agree to work for stability in Afghanistan

| Updated: February 18, 2018 12:30:28

India, Iran to work for stability in Afghanistan

India and Iran said Saturday that they will work for restoring peace, stability, prosperity and a pluralistic system in war-wracked Afghanistan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they would step up cooperation in combating extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking, and restoring peace and stability in the south Asian country.

Modi said India and Iran will also improve energy security and regional connectivity to reach landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia through developing Iran's Chabahar Port and road and rail routes.

Indian premier said this after the talk between Modi and visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Indian capital, reports AP.

Rouhani said Iran and India "are prepared for joint ventures in gas and petroleum sectors." He sought India's investment in these areas, as well as in the industrial and mining sectors.

Iranian President said Afghanistan must be "a vivacious and secure country."

He said, “Iran and India would also cooperate in dealing with the situations in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran is a key stakeholder in the future of those nations.

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