Tehran, Rome agree to increase bilateral cooperation on Afghanistan
Press TV -(Tue Sep 24, 2013) Iran and Italy have expressed determination to expand bilateral cooperation on regional and international issues, particularly the situation in Afghanistan.
In a Monday meeting on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to help improve the situation in war-torn Afghanistan.
Under the MoU, Tehran and Rome agreed to fight drug trafficking and cooperate in reconstructing Afghanistan’s devastated infrastructure.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.
During the meeting on Monday, Zarif and Bonino further stressed the need for the expansion of Tehran-Rome relations in all areas.
The two diplomats also discussed the latest developments in Middle Eastern countries, including Syria and Iraq.
In separate meetings on Monday, Zarif also discussed bilateral ties and other regional issues with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the foreign minister of Switzerland, Didier Burkhalter.
The Iranian diplomat also met with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia, Britain, Switzerland, Japan, Turkey, Oman, Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia and Bulgaria.