1053 GMT January 18, 2021
In a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan Bahador Aminian in Kabul, the Afghan foreign minister pointed to the constructive role of Iran in ensuring security and creating regional consensus and called for the continuation of Tehran’s key role in the peace process underway between the Afghan government and Taliban militants, Mehr News Agency reported.
He also pointed to the fact that it was Iran that encouraged the Taliban group to join the peace talks.
Last Tuesday, Afghan government representatives and Taliban officials resumed peace talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, aimed at ending decades of conflict, even as journalists and opponents have been killed amid a surge in violence.
The first round of talks, which kicked off in September, ended last month after the rivals agreed on procedural rules.
Even as the talks begin, violence across Afghanistan has continued with a new trend of targeted killings of officials, activists and journalists.
For many Afghans, peace talks between the two rivals is a good start to end the decades-old war, but their frustration and fear grow as the near-daily attacks and explosions continue.
During the meeting, Iranian and Afghan officials also expressed their countries’ readiness to hold Sixth Meeting of Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation and finalize the Comprehensive Cooperation Document between the two neighboring countries as well as expanding political, economic, and trade relations.