Iran to keep providing Afghans with COVID-19 medical care: President
President Hassan Rouhani pledged that the Afghan migrants in Iran will continue to receive free medical support amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
According to Tasnim news agency, in a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart on Monday, Rouhani pointed to Iran’s success in tackling the novel coronavirus pandemic, stressing that the Islamic Republic will keep providing the Afghan migrants with free medical services and treatment.
He also emphasized that Iran’s foreign policy is based upon promotion of brotherly and friendly ties and cooperation with all neighbors, particularly with Afghanistan.
“We consider growing stability and security in Afghanistan to be in line with the promotion of our own stability and security, and believe that differences between groups (in Afghanistan) would be resolved through negotiations and within the framework of principles, and we always stand by the Afghan government and nation on this path.”
Congratulating Ghani on his new term as the president of Afghanistan, Rouhani hailed the recent compromise among Afghan political groups and expressed hope that the efforts by all governmental bodies and the High Council for National Reconciliation would contribute to peace, stability and security in Afghanistan.
The Iranian president also hailed the growing relations between Tehran and Kabul, saying, “We must try to speed up the implementation of agreements and joint projects, including the Khaf-Herat Railroad which is a major economic project between the two countries.”
He said completion of a railroad project in southeast Iran connecting the port city of Chabahar to Zahedan within the next year would help promote transportation and freight services in the region.
For his part, Ghani expressed gratitude to the Iranian government and nation for offering medical services to the Afghan migrants in the battle with COVID-19.
Highlighting Iran’s constructive role in regional stability and security, he called on Iran to support the process of peace and negotiations in Afghanistan.
Ghani further hailed the growing relations between Iran and Afghanistan in various fields, and expressed hope that the efforts by the two countries’ officials would broaden cooperation between the two neighbors.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Iran in February, the Afghan migrants and residents in the country have received free medical supplies such as disinfectants, masks and gloves.