TEHRAN — The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted on May 13 as saying that “Iran has spared no effort to help the security of Afghanistan.”
Iran’s Major General Mohammad Bagheri made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Afghanistan Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami in Tehran on Sunday morning.
The Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying that “Since the victory of Islamic Revolution in Iran and after Afghanistan was occupied, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the nation of Afghanistan and the Mujahideen to help them fight against the occupiers.”
Bagheri also added that the ‘shared backgrounds between the two countries of Afghanistan and Iran including religion and language have brought them together in such way that no obstacle can undermine their close relations.’
The Iranian official also reportedly expressed hope that the Afghan military delegation’s visit would result in more cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces.
According to Mehr news, the Afghan Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami, for his part, expressed his happiness with the visit and called Iran the Afghans’ second home.
Tariq Shah Bahrami praised long-standing Iran-Afghanistan bilateral relations, expressing his appreciation to Iran for standing with the people of Afghanistan during the struggle against the occupiers, Mehr news added.
The Afghan official was also quoted as saying that the visit was meant to increase the friendly relations between the two countries’ armed forces in the fight against terrorism.
According to the report the Afghan official, at the end, expressed hope that security and peace would be restored to Afghanistan in a bid to help the security across the whole region.