News ID: 317174
Published: 0335 GMT October 17, 2021

Iran FM raises alarm at ‘dangerous’ rise of terror groups in Afghanistan

Iran FM raises alarm at ‘dangerous’ rise of terror groups in Afghanistan
FOREIGN MINISTRY’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L) shakes hands with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal (R), secretary-general of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, during a meeting held in Tehran on October 16, 2021.

The Iranian foreign minister condemned recent deadly terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, raising the alarm at the rise of Daesh and other terror outfits in the conflict-ridden South Asian country.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, secretary-general of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, in Tehran on Saturday.

The top Iranian diplomat warned that the rise of Daesh and other terrorist groups, following a change of government in Afghanistan, was dangerous, according to Press TV.

On October 8 and 15, Daesh terrorists attacked Shia mosques in the Afghan cities of Kunduz and Kandahar respectively, killing and injuring hundreds of innocent worshipers attending Friday prayers.

The terror attacks happened almost two months after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan amid swift advances on the ground, which many attribute to a hasty withdrawal of US-led foreign forces.

He further called the European Union to take “a more responsible approach” in protecting the rights of Afghans displaced by violence.

 

Tehran-Vienna ties

 

Amir-Abdollahian praised Iran’s “longstanding and old” relations with Austria and said Tehran attached great importance to bilateral ties with Vienna.

Moreover, he expressed hope for a growth in economic and trade ties between the two countries, appreciating Austria for providing COVID-19 vaccines to Iran.

Launsky-Tieffenthal, for his part, praised the friendly relations between Tehran and Vienna, and expressed hope that the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would be revived with the participation of all parties.

He also denounced the latest terrorist acts in Afghanistan, saying Iran and Austria “have common concerns” about the Daesh terrorist group.

Additionally, he stressed Austria’s support for meetings of Afghanistan’s neighbors to help resolve the country’s problems.

 

Iran-Austria political talks

 

The Austrian official, who traveled to Tehran to attend the fifth round of political negotiations between the two countries, also held a separate meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani.

Baqeri-Kani referred to the long history of relations between Tehran and Vienna, describing it as a valuable asset for bilateral ties, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He also pointed to some regional issues and the latest developments in Yemen and Afghanistan, as well as Iran’s efforts to help reduce the problems in those countries, saying the Yemeni people have been under the most severe military attacks for five years and, from a humanitarian point of view, European countries are expected to take serious action to put an end to the ongoing catastrophes in the Arab country.

Elsewhere, he underlined Tehran’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA.

 

No practical action

 

Baqeri-Kani added that Europe did not withdraw from the agreement after the withdrawal of the United States, but did not take effective and practical action within the framework of its commitments under the JCPOA either.

For his part, Launsky-Tieffenthal pointed to the significant potential in economic relations between Iran and Austria and underlined the willingness of Austrian companies to be present in the Iranian market.

Regarding Yemen, he said Austria is trying to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people as much as possible by providing them with humanitarian aid.

 

 

 

   
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