“Afghanistan needs to utilize motivated popular forces alongside the army in order to effectively fight terrorism; Iran will support the country in this field,” Larijani said in a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on the sidelines of the 10th meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Istanbul on Thursday, according to Fars.
He reiterated that the situation in the region gives warning signs that some difficulties may plague Afghanistan; therefore, we are looking to establish security in the country.
The Afghan parliament speaker, for his part, said the security of Afghanistan is important for other countries in the region, adding, “The ISIL and Taliban are operating under one umbrella, but a different cover; our concern at the moment is that the ISIL will move toward Afghanistan after their defeat in Syria and Iraq.”
Ibrahimi went on to say that the US only appears to have declared war on the ISIL, but in reality it only seeks to fan the flames of conflicts in the region.
“We are currently in trouble with lack of airborne military equipment, while the Americans engage the ISIL any time they want and sometimes will simply bypass the terrorists,” he added.
Ibrahimi reiterated that it is imperative that the neighboring countries cooperate with sincerity with Afghanistan so that we can effectively confront the terrorist groups.
The 10th meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly was held in Istanbul on November 21-24 under the motto “Sustaining Peace and Development in Asia”. Established in 2007 as continuation of an organization established in 1999, the APA currently comprises of 41 Member Parliaments and 17 observers.