President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi of Iran said the latest terrorist attacks against Muslim worshippers at Afghanistan’s mosques have been carried out to cause sectarian bloodshed, division and war in that country.
He added that the attacks in Kandahar and Kunduz were made in line with the United States' strategy to destabilize Afghanistan.
Raeisi made the remarks during a cabinet meeting on Sunday after he appointed Hassan Kazemi Qomi as president’s special envoy for Afghanistan affairs.
The president offered his condolences on the martyrdom of dozens of Afghan citizens in recent terrorist attacks on Muslim worshippers in Kandahar and Kunduz and urged Muslim scholars and international organizations “to pay due attention to the plight of the Afghan brothers and sisters.”
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 worshippers 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.
"The growing number of terrorist acts in Afghanistan which are carried out in line with the US destabilizing strategy in that country are indicative of the expansion of the scope of terrorist acts in this country,” said the president urging the Afghanistan’s rulers that while fulfilling their duty to ensure the nation’s security “do not ignore people’s capabilities to provide security."
Noting that Iran considers itself on the same side with Afghanistan, President Raeisi voiced Tehran’s readiness to provide all-out assistance and cooperation with Kabul to bring lasting stability and security to that country.