Spokesman Zaher Azimi told Radio Farda that the decision was made during a recent trip by Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak to Iran:
"In this trip, a window [for cooperation] was opened," Azimi said. "We hope that it will remain open and that it will expand. During the trip, it was agreed that the Islamic Republic of Iran will help in building and equipping the Afghan National Army."
Wardak was in Iran for an official three-day visit from August 25-28.
It was the first trip of an Afghan defense minister to Iran since the fall of the Taliban.
Avoiding International Isolation
DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE: As the United States and the European Union increase pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear program, Tehran has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious diplomatic offensive, including high-level state visits with countries including China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan. In May, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad participated in a high-profile summit of the so-called Developing 8 (D8) group of countries in Bali. Below are some links to RFE/RL's coverage of Iran's efforts to boost international support for its position.
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