0617 GMT October 17, 2021
The issues were talked about in a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who was accompanying President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi in a visit to Tajikistan for participation in the 21st Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit (September 16 and 17), and his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin in Dushanbe on Friday evening, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Highlighting the religious, historic, and cultural commonalities between Iran and Tajikistan, Amir-Abdollahian called for the enhancement of cooperation between the two nations at the regional and international levels.
He also praised Tajikistan’s support for Iran, facilitating the country’s membership in the SCO.
Commenting on the situation in Afghanistan, the top Iranian diplomat described the formation of an inclusive government, involving the representatives of all Afghan groups, as the only way to restore stability and peace in the country and resume its development.
Muhriddin congratulated Iran on its membership in the SCO, hailing it as a new opportunity for promotion of cooperation between the two countries.
The Tajik foreign minister also stressed the need for delivering humanitarian aid to Afghan people, calling for the formation of a broad-based Afghan government with the participation of all ethnicities.
In addition, in other meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the SCO summit, Amir-Abdollahian discussed bilateral, regional and international issues.
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.
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.
He also met and discussed issues of common interest with Belarusian FM Vladimir Makei and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
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.