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Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan call for expansion of cooperation

08-06-2010 15:40 BJT

TEHRAN, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The trilateral summit of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan was held in Tehran on Thursday during which the three parties called for the expansion of cooperation in various areas.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at the opening ceremony that the three countries' meeting should look for ways to expand relations in view of their situation in the region.

The progress and development of the three states will benefit the entire region, Ahmadinejad said.

He suggested for the use of local currencies of the three countries for the transactions among them as a replacement for foreign currencies.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon recommended establishing railway between the three countries and linking it to China's railway. The suggestion was welcomed by Ahmadinejad.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Tajik president also called for the expansion of brotherly ties among the three countries which enjoy cultural and historical commonalities.

On Thursday evening, the three countries issued a joint declaration in which they emphasized their points in details.

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