The Dallas Morning News

India, Iran to combat Afghan extremism


NEW DELHI — India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up cooperatio­n in combating extremism, terrorism and drug traffickin­g in Afghanista­n in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-torn country.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said the two countries would also make efforts to improve regional connectivi­ty to landlocked Afghanista­n by developing Iran’s port, road and rail routes.

The United States, which leads a coalition battling insurgents in Afghanista­n, has long worked to isolate Iran.

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