Iranian Army Chief makes a big offer to Afghanistan military: Report
TEHRAN - Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri has reportedly offered Afghanistan Military help and support to fight against rising terror group ISIS in Afghanistan.
Hesaid said his country seeks expansion in military cooperation with Afghanistan, however exact nature of the military cooperation is still not clear that whether it would be on pattern of support to Syria and Iraq against ISIS.
Gen. Baqeri reportedly informed regarding his country’s intent during a meeting with the Afghan defense minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami.
“The shared backgrounds between the two countries of Iran and Afghanistan, including religion and language, have brought them together in such way that no obstacle can undermine their close relations, specially in combatting the terrorist groups,” the top Iranian General was quoted as saying by Fars News.
He also expressed the hope that the Afghan military delegation’s visit would result in more cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces.
The top Iranian General’s intent to expand military cooperation with Afghanistan comes as the country is accused of supporting the certain insurgent groups in Afghanistan.
“Iran’s desire for influence in Afghanistan remains strong. Iran seeks increased influence in Afghanistan through government partnerships, bilateral trade, and cultural and religious ties,” Pentagon stated in its report regarding Afghanistan late last year.