Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday called on the United Nations to take serious action to counter terrorism in Afghanistan.
In a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Amir-Abdollahian denounced recent terrorist attacks carried out by Daesh in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in mid-August and expressed concern about the situation in that country.
He said terrorist activities and a new wave of Afghan refugees have added to the responsibility of the UN and its chief in this regard, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The top diplomat referred to a planned regional conference on the war-torn country in Tehran and said the event is set to be attended by the foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbors.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian said any potential prisoner exchange process should not be tied to the talks in Vienna that aim to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, known as the JCPOA.
“Iran considers the issue of the prisoners to be [an issue that lies] in the humanitarian category. We are not inclined for this issue to be tied to the nuclear talks,” the foreign minister said, according to Press TV.
He described as “positive” talks between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani and the European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora, who visited Tehran to discuss the future of the Vienna talks.
Baqeri Kani and Mora would keep up their negotiations in Brussels in coming days, Amir-Abdollahian said, noting that Iran welcomes whatever talks that would bring along tangible results for the Islamic Republic.
The deal, which gave Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear activities, has been on life support since former US president Donald Trump’s withdrawal in 2018, which was followed by Washington reimposing sanctions on Tehran.
Talks got underway in Vienna in April between Iran and Britain, China, France Russia and Germany, after Trump’s successor President Joe Biden signaled a willingness to come back on board. But they have been suspended since June when Iran held presidential elections that resulted in Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi wining the vote.
The US only participated indirectly in the Vienna talks.
Amir-Abdollahian underscored that if JCPOA parties live up to their commitments, Iran too would reverse a set of nuclear countermeasures that it took in retaliation for the US pullout and inaction of the remaining members of the deal.
He also extended an invitation to Guterres to pay a visit to the Islamic Republic.
The UN chief noted how the world body has “constantly” supported the JCPOA, saying since Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the world body has been seeking a way to return the situation to how it used to be before Washington’s exit.