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PublishDate: Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:16

Concerted Action to Help Afghanistan A Top Priority: Iran UN Envoy

AVA- Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on “The Situation in Afghanistan”, held in New York on Thursday, Gholam Ali Khoshroo described close regional cooperation with Afghanistan as a priority and a major step to consolidate peace and improved economic status in the region.
He also underlined that Iran continues its full support for the promotion of security and stability with comprehensive and sustainable development in Afghanistan and lends its support to any Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled call for reconciliation and peace process.
The following is the full text of the Iranian ambassador:
In the Name of God, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful
Mr. President;
I would like to express my appreciation to the Netherlands Presidency for organizing this debate. My thanks also go to the distinguished Ambassador of Afghanistan for his statement. I would like to thank Mr. Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), for his briefing and presentation on the SG’s latest Report, as contained in document S/2018/165.
Unfortunately, security remains the major challenge for Afghanistan.
According to the SG’s latest report, 2017 ended with “the highest level of security-related incidents ever recorded”; a wave of deadly complex attacks, in particular three major attacks in Kabul with hundreds of fatalities, continued throughout January 2018. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP) remained operationally resilient, exemplifying the volatile security situation, as conflict between the Government and terrorist as well as extremist groups continued throughout most of the country.
Iran continues its full support for the promotion of security and stability with comprehensive and sustainable development in Afghanistan and lends its support to any Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled call for reconciliation and peace process. It is in this context that we welcomed to participate on the Kabul process and endorsed its final Declaration in February this year, as well as any other similar processes, to help achieve peace and security in Afghanistan.
The Afghan National Unity Government is in the forefront of fighting terrorism, in particular the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Da’esh and its affiliates as well as other terrorist and extremist groups and criminals. The sustained support of the international community is much more needed to support the Afghan Government in this fight as well as to address its complex security, economic and political challenges.
Strengthening our regional cooperation with Afghanistan is a priority and a major step to consolidate peace and improved economic status in the region. Here, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Kazakhstan for its initiative to organize a ministerial debate on reg

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