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Iran, Afghanistan See New Road as Symbol of Stability


The presidents of Afghanistan and Iran have opened a new road between their countries that they hailed as a symbol of the bilateral cooperation needed to restore peace and stability to the region.

Iran agreed to build the 123-kilometer road between its Dogharoun region and Afghanistan's western Herat province that officials say is a key source of trade for Afghanistan.

In his remarks, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Iran desires a stable, modern and free Afghanistan. He also said that his government is studying more than 30 road-building projects in Iran to further expand trade to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai thanked Iran for building the $60 million highway and emphasized that the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan will also help its neighbors.

President Karzai used the new highway to return home and end his two day visit.