News ID: 274854
Published: 0527 GMT September 28, 2020

Iran discusses Afghanistan peace process with Uzbek, German officials

Iran discusses Afghanistan peace process with Uzbek, German officials

Iranian Foreign Ministry's special assistant for Afghanistan affairs Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian discussed Afghanistan peace process in separate phone talks on Monday with his counterparts from Uzbekistan and Germany.

 Taherian also exchanged views with Uzbek and German envoys about bilateral relations and major regional developments, especially the intra-Afghan peace talks, IRNA reported.

During the talks with his Uzbek counterpart, the two diplomats welcomed the idea raised by the president of Uzbekistan about the necessity of paying more attention by the United Nations to Afghanistan affairs and to establishing a proportionate mechanism to this end.

According to media reports, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of the Republic of Uzbekistan in his address to the 75th General Assembly of the United Nation which was made for the first time in Uzbek language, called on the international body to create a Permanent UN Committee on Afghanistan to coordinate peace efforts and to facilitate a lasting political settlement in the country.

Taherian said on Friday that Iran has announced its readiness to help advance a real and lasting peace in Afghanistan, stressing that peace in Afghanistan is the inseparable part of Iran’s policy towards the neighboring country.  

 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also voiced Iran's readiness earlier this month for any assistance to peace process in Afghanistan.

Since September 12, representatives of the central government in Kabul and those of Taliban have been engaged in peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha, following months of delay over a contentious prisoner swap between the two sides.

Earlier this month, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem claimed the militant group had decreased the level of violence with the start of the first round of intra-Afghan talks.

The peace talks come following a deal between the Taliban and the United States signed in February.

Resource: IRNA
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