0825 GMT February 22, 2018
The negotiations were held in Tehran on Sunday afternoon with a 35-strong delegation of Afghan deputy ministers and other high-ranking officials of the country comprising five committees, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The talks aim to draft a "comprehensive strategic partnership" document, exploring avenues for closer cooperation between the two neighbors in diverse areas, including security, defense, economy, culture, and education.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the talks, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour hailed close relations between Tehran and Kabul, and expressed hope that during the negotiations the two sides would reach a “win-win” agreement in line with the two countries’ interests.
The negotiations had been planned during a recent visit to Afghanistan by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.