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Karzai visit further strengthens Afghanistan-Iran ties July 8, 2011

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Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe

This article first appeared in Future Directions International on 6 July 2011.

Background

In another sign of growing ties between Afghanistan and Iran, Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the Iranian-sponsored conference on counterterrorism co-operation in Tehran on 25-26 June, which was also attended by the Presidents of Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan and Tajikistan. The visit was indicative of the strengthening relations between Afghanistan and Iran, which share a 936-kilometre border, and see themselves as increasingly important to each other’s long-term interests.

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