0557 GMT October 17, 2021
“There are considerable diplomatic activities to understand the developments in Afghanistan and have an influence on its future. Different countries pursue their various diplomatic mechanisms,” Rasoul Mousavi, director general of the South Asian affairs department at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said in a post on his Twitter account late on Monday, according to Press TV.
“Afghanistan’s future is in regional cooperation with its neighbors. A meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors will be held in Tehran soon.”
On September 8, Pakistan hosted a virtual conference that brought together the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s six neighboring states, including China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, to discuss Afghan strategy.
An opening statement at the summit stressed that the neighbors had agreed on closer cooperation to avert a looming humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.
The neighbors, it added, would require a coordinated approach to cope with challenges stemming from the government change in Kabul after US-led troops left.
The statement further said the challenges included border security and preventing Afghan soil from being used as a base for terrorism and a possible influx of refugees.
The US military led the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 in what it proclaimed was a war on terror meant to eradicate the Taliban.
Twenty years on, the Afghan government and military collapsed in the face of the Taliban’s swift advances on the ground, which many attribute to a hasty withdrawal of US-led occupation forces from the country.