Iran reiterated its supports the Afghan peace talks aimed at ending the violence in Afghanistan amid an unprecedented spike in violence in the eastern neighboring country.
“Iran supports an end to the violence in Afghanistan and a solution to the crisis through dialogue,” Seyyed Rasoul Mousavi, the head of the West Asia Department at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said in remarks carried by IRNA on Thursday.
Mousavi made the comments during a Kabul meeting with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Kabul’s High Council for National Reconciliation, Press TV wrote
“The Iranian people and government want an end to the long war in Afghanistan,” he reiterated.
Abdullah thanked Iran’s support for the peace process in Afghanistan and underscored the importance of cooperation between regional countries to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan.
War is not the solution and no side can benefit from the continuation of the clashes, he said.
He also stressed the necessity of a peaceful solution to end the disputes, adding that the Afghan government will not allow anyone to impose its will on the country.
Last week, Tehran hosted a new round of intra-Afghan talks between the country’s government and the Taliban in hopes of a better future for Afghanistan.
‘US made Afghanistan reliant on others’
Iran’s former head consul in Herat, Afghanistan, said the United States prevented the formation of a strong government and a professional army in Afghanistan.
“If the Afghan Army is not capable of fighting instability as it should, it is due to the policies of the US, which has made Afghanistan’s defense and military power dependent on itself,” Hassan Kazemi Qomi told IRNA on Friday.
He noted that the legacy that the American forces left behind is a crisis of political, economic and security dimensions in Afghanistan, making the Afghan government, army and police dependent on foreign forces.
Kazemi Qomi also said the US withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan is based on several reasons, including its failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine, which inflicted heavy costs and losses on the Americans.
“By implementing the New Middle East plot, the US was seeking to secure the domination of the Zionist regime over the region and to confront the Axis of Resistance and the Islamic Republic, but it did not succeed,” he noted.
The former diplomat said another reason behind the withdrawal is that the US wants to reduce its vulnerabilities in the region and also focus on dealing with its domestic economic and social crises.
The remarks came two weeks after US-led coalition forces vacated the largest military base in Afghanistan, located in the ancient city of Bagram, about 45 miles north of Kabul.
The US began its official troop withdrawal back in May. Since then, the Taliban militants intensified attacks across the country and managed to gain control over more than 100 of Afghanistan’s district centers.
The US military led the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 in what it proclaimed was a war on terror and meant to eradicate the Taliban. Twenty years forward, however, the proclaimed objective has not been even remotely achieved.
Russia on Friday blamed the "hasty withdrawal" of US and NATO troops for a rapid deterioration in Afghanistan's security and warned of instability spreading to neighboring countries.
"In recent days we have unfortunately seen a rapid deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to AFP.
"In light of the hasty withdrawal of the US and NATO troops, there is huge uncertainty around the future of the political and military situation in this country," he said at a conference in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.
Russia hosted Taliban representatives in Moscow last week, where the militant group claimed to have control over some 85 percent of Afghanistan.
Moscow is closely watching the Taliban's advance and concerned about the potential for instability reaching neighboring Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union where Russia maintains military bases.
Lavrov said the crisis had increased the threat of terrorism and worsened problems surrounding drug trafficking, which he said had reached "an unprecedented level".
"It's clear that, in this situation, there is a real risk of instability spreading to neighboring countries," he said in Tashkent, according to TASS.
On Friday, clashes continued between Afghan forces and the Taliban militants in Spin Boldak, with the Afghan forces pushing to retake the key border crossing with Pakistan.