The scientific roundtable between Iran and Afghanistan was held at Shiraz University by the Persian Gulf Strategic Studies Center and the Head of the Strategic Research Center of the Afghan Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Abbasi, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Shiraz University, was first to speak and after a warm welcome, he spoke about the potentials of such cooperations with Afghanistan, especially regarding elements such as the similarities in language, culture, beliefs, etc. He also pointed out the Contract of Saadabad, calling it a useful agreement which needs to be revised and re-employed for the many benefits it can have for both sides.

Dr. Yari, Head of the Persian Gulf Strategic Studies Center continued the discussion to clarify the overall objective of this meeting, stating that this gathering aims to provide an intimate platform in an academic setting for mutual dialogue of academics and officials from Fars province and Afghanistan.

Dr. Tamanna, Head of the Strategic Research Center of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, stressed the importance of having a strong connection with Iran, especially with regards to the cultural and linguistic links between the two countries, Islam as the fundamental religion among Persians and Afghans, mutual economic links, trade and commerce, issues related to safety and security, transportation and political points of view.

Dr. Hamidian, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce in Fars Province, talked about the trade opportunities between both countries and insisted that some barriers should be lifted in this regard and both sides need to come up with a solution to prevent the smuggling of goods.

Mr Jamshidi, political expert of the Office of Foreigners and Immigrants at Fars Province and Dr. Esmaeeli, faculty member of political sciences at Shiraz University also gave an insight into the situation of Afghan immigrants in Iran and the opportunities which lie ahead in case we expand our mutual relations in an effective and practical manner.

The meeting came to an end with participants having the chance to raise their questions.