0751 GMT October 17, 2021
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian discussed bilateral, regional and international issues in meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the 21st summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on September 16 and 17.
In the meeting with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, Amir-Abdollahian called for the expansion of all-out ties between Tehran and Moscow, IRNA reported.
He also emphasized consultations between the two countries about regional issues, particularly the situation in Afghanistan.
Describing the conditions in Afghanistan as complicated, the Iranian FM said the present situation of the country is a consequence of US irresponsible withdrawal.
The US is to blame for the present situation in Afghanistan, he noted.
Congratulating Amir-Abdollahian on his success in securing a vote of confidence from the Iranian Parliament to become the head of the country’s top diplomat, Lavrov invited his counterpart to visit Moscow and continue consultations between the two countries.
In his meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Amir-Abdollahian said Iran and Pakistan, as Afghanistan’s neighbors, bear the brunt of the unfavorable situation in the country.
He called for consultations between Iran and Pakistan about the ways to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Iranian FM expressed concerns about Afghan people’s situation and the country’s security and political conditions, reiterating that the US is to blame for the unfavorable situation.
Amir-Abdollahian added ensuring security and stability in Afghanistan will only be possible through the formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all Afghan groups.
Qureshi stressed the important role of Afghanistan’s neighbors in helping the country improve its situation, praising Iran’s efforts and initiative to this end.
In a meeting with Belarusian FM Vladimir Makei, Amir-Abdollahian said the policy of sanctions and threat are among the failed, but constantly-used, strategies of the US.
He stressed that the US sanctions policy is an extension of its unilateralism, adding the Islamic Republic does not approve of it, deeming it unacceptable.
The Iranian FM expressed Iran’s interest in expanding all-out ties with Belarus, calling for holding the joint committee meeting at the earliest possible time.
Makei expressed satisfaction with having the opportunity to meet his Iranian counterpart, saying Kiev is ready to hold a joint committee meeting and willing to develop ties with Tehran.
Lauding the Islamic Republic’s resistance against US unilateralism and sanctions, he gave the assurance that the American unilateralism is doomed to failure.
The Iranian FM also met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the summit.
In addition, the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, China, and Pakistan called for the formation of an inclusive government in the new-Taliban-ruled Afghanistan that should serve to represent all Afghan ethnicities.
They made the call on Thursday, holding a quadrilateral meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Dushanbe. Amir-Abdollahian is accompanying President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi at the summit.
The officials also laid emphasis on the prospects of a terrorism- and narcotics-free Afghanistan that does not pose any threats to its neighbors.
The Taliban wrested control of Afghanistan last month after a fierce offensive facilitated by a flash withdrawal of all of the United States’ forces from the country that had been announced by Washington back in April.
The group has pledged to allow the formation of a broad-based and representative government. Concerns, however, remain given its drawn-out history of violence.