News ID: 274242
Published: 0318 GMT September 15, 2020

Iran reaffirms support for Afghan peace process

Iran reaffirms support for Afghan peace process

Iran’s ambassador to Kabul Bahador Aminian reaffirmed the country’s commitment to supporting the peace process in Afghanistan under the guidance and ownership of Afghan people.

In a meeting in Kabul, Aminian and caretaker of the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan Hanif Atmar discussed various issues, including ways to enhance the economic, political and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

They also talked about the latest developments in Afghanistan, the peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban, significance of regional consensus on the peace process in Afghanistan, reduction of tensions and establishment of an immediate ceasefire, and efforts to protect the achievements of the past 19 years in Afghanistan, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The senior Afghan official praised Iran for supporting the Afghan migrants and helping them receive identification documents and new passports.

The meeting came days after Afghan officials and Taliban representatives held their first direct negotiations in the Qatari capital.

Representatives from the government in Kabul and those from the Taliban arrived in Doha on Saturday for the much-awaited intra-Afghan negotiations, which were also attended by politicians from Afghanistan, international organizations and the United States, Press TV reported.

The talks were held one day after the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States that triggered the military invasion of Afghanistan by American troops.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement on Saturday welcomed the launch of long-delayed direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, underlining the need for “responsible” withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan as an essential prerequisite for peace and security in the war-torn country.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized that there is no military solution to the problems in Afghanistan, and rejected the continued presence of foreign forces as one of the main reasons behind the persistence of war in the country, the statement read.

“All issues and woes in Afghanistan can be resolved only through dialogue and negotiations, and a responsible withdrawal of foreign forces is an inevitable prerequisite for achieving peace and security in that country,” it added.

The statement said that Iran welcomes the opening of intra-Afghan talks between the Kabul government, Afghan political groups and the Taliban, and hopes that the negotiations will be held "without any foreign interference and within the framework of a comprehensive agreement among the Afghans."

Iran also hopes that the intra-Afghan talks will lead to favorable results, including the establishment of sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as security in the region, it added.


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