Iran’s Mohammad Ebrahim Taherianfard and Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of Uzbekistan’s President for Afghanistan Esmatullah Ergashev discussed latest developments in Afghanistan, especially the intra-Afghan talks, in a phone call on Monday, iranpress.com reported.
Stressing the need to reduce violence and establish a ceasefire as an important step in alleviating the suffering of the Afghan people, the two sides described negotiation and reaching an understanding as the only reassuring way to establish lasting stability in the country.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been developing relations with Afghanistan in the political, cultural and economic sectors for the past 20 years, and has always supported restoration of peace to Iran’s eastern neighboring state led by the government and people of that country.
Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan, even as the Taliban and a government-appointed negotiating team discuss the peace agreement to end more than four decades of war in the country. Progress in the talks in Doha has been painfully slow and despite repeated demands for a reduction in violence, it has continued unabated.
On November 2, at least 35 people were killed after Daesh terrorists stormed Kabul University as it was hosting a book fair, taking hostages and fighting gun battles with security forces for more than five hours.
Earlier on Monday, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons discussed the latest developments in the Asian country which has been facing rise in terrorist attacks in recent months.
Araqchi stressed the importance of the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in advancing inter-Afghan peace talks.
He voiced Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the UNAMA in advancing the intra-Afghan negotiations.
Lyons, who is also head of UNAMA, hailed Iran's positive role in supporting Afghan people and government, voicing the UN readiness for helping establish peace in Afghanistan.