August 29, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says Tehran and Kabul have agreed that Iran will participate in building Afghanistan's National Army, Radio Farda reported.
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.