Iran FM and ex-Afghan president discuss Afghanistan

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan with former Afghan President Hamed Karzai during a phone call on Tuesday.

The senior Iranian diplomat said it was the Islamic Republic’s principled position to support dialogue among all groups in Afghanistan to form an inclusive government that reflects the ethnic and demographic makeup of the country and added, “It is the only way for Afghanistan to achieve lasting peace. “, According to a statement from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Abdollahian said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran wants Afghanistan to be free from war and terrorism. He added that the Islamic Republic will keep its border crossings with Afghanistan open to alleviate the current situation in the country and will continue to trade with Afghanistan.

Iran’s foreign minister noted that US policies over the past two decades are to blame for the current chaotic situation in Afghanistan. He said the Afghan people are determined to end this situation.

Hamed Karzai also said during the phone call that prominent Afghan personalities are doing their utmost to overcome this situation, adding that the main goal is to achieve the will of the Afghan people.

He thanked Iran for its positions and efforts. The former Afghan president said he and other elders were engaged in negotiations with different groups, including the Taliban, and wanted the Islamic Republic to continue helping to facilitate the process.

The phone conversation took place hours before the Taliban announced their interim cabinet, which sparked unrest in Tehran. Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said on Twitter: “Afghanistan’s top priority is stability and peace. Ignoring the need for an inclusive government, foreign intervention and the use of military means instead of dialogue to meet the demands of ethnic and social groups are the main concerns of Friends of the Afghan people.

Earlier this week, the head of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, spoke by phone with Abdollahian. He called on Iran to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan amid Taliban-led deliberations to form a new government.

In a phone call Sunday, Abdullah thanked Iran for standing up for the Afghan people, according to a statement from the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

The request of the highest Afghan figure was submitted during a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

Abdullah also congratulated Abdollahian on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic.

During the conversation, Abdullah also referred to the dire situation in Afghanistan and called on Iran to send humanitarian aid to his country, the statement added.

Both sides agreed on the need to combat the heinous phenomenon of terrorism. They also discussed the formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all Afghan ethnic groups and factions. They also reaffirmed their position that it is only for the Afghan people to determine the future of their country.

Afghanistan’s neighbors held a teleconference on the situation in the country on Sunday. Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian, adviser to Iran’s foreign minister and the country’s special envoy to Afghanistan told his counterparts from other neighbors in the war-torn country that peace there can only be achieved through the formation of a inclusive government with the participation of all Afghan groups. .

Taherian stressed the need to end the plight of the Afghan people.

Taherian also referred to the three-way phone conversation between the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and China over the upcoming virtual meeting involving the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors, proposed on Wednesday. September 8. He expressed hope that the foreign ministers send a clear and strong message, reaffirming their support for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

Iran called on the Afghans to avoid violence and resolve their differences through dialogue. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called on Afghans to avoid violence and resolve their differences through dialogue amid ongoing clashes in the Panjshir Valley between the Taliban and led resistance groups by Ahamd Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated in a terrorist attack of September 9, 2001.

However, after weeks of strictly sticking to a line of neutrality, Khatibzadeh warned on Monday against the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Speaking at a weekly press briefing, Khatibzadeh warned against foreign interference in Panjshir, the last opposition stronghold against the new order led by Ahmad Massoud, son of the legendary anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud . Khatibzadeh also strongly condemned the Taliban’s attack on the valley and called the death of opposition leaders “martyrdom,” a major indication of Iranian resentment at the Taliban’s inexperienced political deliberations to form a government.

The remarks came the same day a Taliban spokesman announced that the group’s forces had “conquered” the provincial capital of Panjshir. Taliban media also released video footage showing Taliban forces posing outside the office of the Governor General of Panjshir and waving the flag of what has become the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Responding to a question about Pakistani involvement in the Battle of Panjshir, Khatibzadeh said: “The news coming out of Panjshir is worrying. The attacks of last night [on Panjshir] are condemned in the strongest terms. The martyrdom of the Afghan leadership is deeply regrettable.

Khatibzadeh said Iran was reviewing reports of foreign intervention. “This should be reviewed,” he said.

Khatibzadeh stressed: “The history of Afghanistan shows that foreign intervention, both direct and indirect, has resulted in only defeat for the aggressive force, and the Afghan people are seeking independence and zealous, and any intervention is certainly doomed to failure, ”he said.

The Panjshir issue must be resolved through dialogue, with the mediation and presence of all former Afghans, Khatibzadeh said amid reports of the Taliban’s advance in the valley.

The spokesperson noted: “Neither side should allow this path to lead to fratricide. The Taliban must abide by their own obligations under international law and their own obligations with whatever they say. Starving the inhabitants of Panjshir, besieging the Panjshir region, cutting off water and electricity in this region is a matter of concern.

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