News ID: 316150
Published: 0250 GMT September 08, 2021

All need to adhere to principle of dialogue on Afghanistan: Iran

All need to adhere to principle of dialogue on Afghanistan: Iran

International Desk

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian along with his counterparts from countries neighboring Afghanistan took part in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, during which he called for adherence to “the principle of dialogue” in dealing with the situation in the war-stricken nation.

According to Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Amir-Abdollahian told the meeting that military means and foreign intervention should be avoided as they are a “repetition” of a mistake that has occurred several times in Afghanistan.  

Saeed Khatibzadeh said the foreign minister stressed the US is “the main culprit” for current situation in Afghanistan and its two decades of “illegal presence” in the Asian nation brought only suffering for Afghans.

“We must use all the powers of the leaders and people of Afghanistan and help the neighboring countries to achieve a lasting peace.

The meeting, attended by foreign ministers of Iran, Pakistan, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, was held via a videoconference, a day after the Taliban announced an all-male interim government.

Addressing the meeting, Pakistan’s foreign minister harbored hope that “the political situation stabilizes at the earliest” in Afghanistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Afghanistan’s neighbors need to “affirm full support” with the Afghan people to help stabilize the country.

He also said, “Afghan issues should have Afghan solutions”.

The Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the new caretaker government will be led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, Press TV reported.

He named 33 members of the new government, drawn exclusively from the group’s inner echelons, and said the remaining posts will be announced after careful deliberation.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in a sweeping offensive more than three weeks ago as US-led foreign forces withdrew.

The militants are currently engaged in intense fighting in the Panjshir Valley in the east of Afghanistan, an anti-Taliban bastion and the last holdout region in the country.

The Taliban are to run Afghanistan two decades after they were ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001.



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