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PublishDate: Monday, May 24, 201009:45

UN Special Representative visits Iran

(U.N)_ The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, yesterday concluded a two-day official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran where he met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Office of the Supreme Leader, Drug Control Headquarters, and Parliament.

The purpose of the visit was to brief the Iranian authorities on the activities of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Mr de Mistura heads, and to encourage further regional cooperation.

In this connection, the Special Representative noted with appreciation the positive steps taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran in tackling drug-trafficking issues, concurring with the Iranian wish to revitalize the Triangular Initiative, which has shown potential for further cooperation.

Following his constructive meetings, the UN top envoy in Afghanistan noted: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is an important neighbour and the UN will continue to facilitate constructive engagement with Afghan counterparts on issues of mutual concern towards furthering stability in Afghanistan which is in the interest of both countries and the international community at large."

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