News ID: 316122
Published: 0705 GMT September 07, 2021

Iran to keep borders with Afghanistan open for help: FM

Iran to keep borders with Afghanistan open for help: FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that the country will keep its borders and border crossings with Afghanistan open to help the country get through the current situation, stressing that Tehran will continue its trade with Kabul.

The Iranian top diplomat made the remarks in a phone call with former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday.

Amir-Abdollahian further emphasized "the principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on dialogue between all [Afghan] groups to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan that represents the ethnic and demographic mixture of the country."

He further stressed that this is the only way that Afghanistan can achieve lasting peace, Mehr News Agency reported.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran wants a war-free and terrorism-free Afghanistan," Amir-Abdollahian said, referring to the United States as “responsible for the current chaos in Afghanistan for the past two decades."

He further noted that only “the will of the Afghan people must put an end” to the current situation in the country.

The former Afghan president, for his part, said, "The noblemen of Afghanistan are doing their best to get through the present situation and the main goal is to fulfill the will of the Afghan people."

While appreciating Iran for its stances and efforts towards Afghanistan, Karzai called on Tehran to help Kabul to get through the present situation.

Earlier in the day, the Taliban announced the names of several members of a new caretaker government in Afghanistan led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Abdul Ghani Baradar will be the deputy leader and Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of the founder of the Haqqani network, has been named as interior minister.

He added that Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, has been named as defence minister. Hedayatullah Badri will be the acting minister of finance, while Amir Khan Muttaqi, a Taliban negotiator in Doha, was named foreign minister, according to Al Jazeera.

Mujahid named 33 members of the new government and said the remaining posts will be announced after careful deliberation.

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