A senior advisor to Iran’s Leader on Monday warned against new US plots for Afghanistan as US-led foreign forces are withdrawing from the war-torn country “in humiliation”.
“The US has committed severe crimes and left behind big losses in Afghanistan instead of bringing development, and prosperity and now, the US is leaving the country in humiliation,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, also the secretary-general of the Tehran-based World Assembly of Islamic Awakening.
He made the remarks in an address to a conference dubbed “Afghanistan, Sustainable Peace and Security” in the Iranian capital.
Various Afghan and international groups and parties who play an active role in promoting peace in Afghanistan took part in the event.
"Although they are still trying to destroy the remaining prosperity and divide the honorable people of Afghanistan with evil provocations, the elites and intellectuals of Afghanistan will thwart these conspiracies as they know the US’s sinister intentions," Velayati added, according to Fars News Agency.
He noted that the Afghan people have always stood against any aggression.
The meeting comes more than a week after Tehran hosted a round of intra-Afghan talks, attended by four delegations, including representatives of the Afghan government, the Taliban militant group and prominent figures supporting the republic system in Afghanistan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the representatives of the delegations that the Islamic Republic stands ready to help the neighboring country resolve its conflicts and achieve lasting peace.
Foreign troops had been deployed in Afghanistan for nearly two decades following the US-led military invasion of the country launched in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The foreign forces have largely withdrawn from the country after Washington announced plans to pull out its forces by the end of next month.
Call for cease-fire
Fifteen diplomatic missions and the NATO representative in Afghanistan urged the Taliban on Monday to halt their military offensives just hours after the Afghan sides failed to agree on a cease-fire at a peace meeting in Doha.
A delegation of Afghan leaders met the Taliban's political leadership in the Qatari capital over the weekend but the Taliban, said in a statement late on Sunday, made no mention of a halt to Afghanistan's escalating violence, Reuters wrote.
"This Eid al-Adha, the Taliban should lay down their weapons for good and show the world their commitment to the peace process," the missions said, referring to Tuesday's Muslim holiday in Afghanistan.
Over recent Eid holidays, the Taliban have called short cease-fires, saying they wanted to let Afghans spend them in peace.
This time there has been no such announcement as the Taliban make swift territorial gains in near-unprecedented levels of fighting nationwide.