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Published: 0741 GMT November 25, 2020

Iran urges diplomacy, reaffirms opposition to military solutions to Afghan conflict

Iran urges diplomacy, reaffirms opposition to military solutions to Afghan conflict

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has reaffirmed Tehran’s support for intra-Afghan peace talks, dismissing any military solutions to nearly two decades of militancy and violence since the US invasion of the country in 2001.

“We believe in peace talks between Afghans, because war and violence in Afghanistan do not bring about peace,” Khatibzadeh told IRIB in an exclusive interview on Wednesday at the end of his two-day official visit to Kabul, where he held talks with senior Afghan officials on bilateral ties and matters of mutual interest. 

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran supports Afghanistan’s current political structure as well as the rights of religions and minorities in the country, based on which Tehran seeks to develop a road map for the promotion of ties with Kabul. 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country that has paid a high price for maintaining the current political structure of Afghanistan, and this structure should be respected, but the regime at the White House is trying to destroy Afghanistan's future through secret deals,” Khatibzadeh said.

He pointed to US plans to withdraw forces from Afghanistan, and said, "No country can invade another country and leave its sinister legacy behind."

On his meetings in Kabul, Khatibzadeh said that he sat down with Afghan government officials, including Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, and Political Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab.

"In these meetings, bilateral relations in various fields, including cultural issues, media and diplomacy were discussed,” he said.


Press TV contributed to this story.


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