0640 GMT October 17, 2021
Kharrazi said that Iran closely monitors the policies and behavior of the Taliban group which took over Afghanistan in mid-August, IRNA reported.
“Countering terrorism and preventing crimes such as the killing of innocent people in Shia schools and mosques by the Daesh terrorist group and eradicating terrorists from Afghanistan is the prime duty of the current rulers in the country, though it is the natural right of the oppressed Shias of Afghanistan to defend their rights,” Kharrazi said.
Kharrazi said that the main duty of any government is to ensure the rights of the people, including their security.
The former Iranian foreign minister added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran closely monitors the policies and behavior of the Taliban in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan.”
“Our policy regarding Afghanistan depends entirely on the behavior of the Taliban. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with the rulers and people of Afghanistan if they step in the path towards an inclusive government, the protection of the rights and security of all ethnic groups, the fight against terrorism and the adoption of a good neighborly policy.”
Iran does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. However, naturally, it has legitimate interests in that country that must be secured, Kharrazi said.
“Maintaining Afghanistan’s political independence is not only a national interest but also a regional necessity for the development of peace and stability,” Kharrazi said, adding that it is up to the Taliban to insist on Afghanistan’s political independence and to prevent the presence and influence of any foreign power.”
Tehran will soon host a meeting of top diplomats from Afghanistan’s neighboring states.
“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 on Monday.
“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.”