0703 GMT May 25, 2022
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi discussed the latest developments and situation in Afghanistan and bilateral ties with the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
The talks were held in separate meetings with the visiting ministers in Iran on Tuesday ahead of the Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries, which was held in Tehran on Wednesday, president.ir reported.
‘No limit to boosting ties’
In his meeting with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Raeisi described relations between the two countries as brotherly and growing, saying the Islamic Republic sees no limit to boosting ties with Uzbekistan in the political, economic and cultural fields.
Commenting on commonalities between the two countries and their capacities for cooperation, the Iranian president noted that Tehran and Tashkent have very close and brotherly ties.
Describing the regional situation, particularly the circumstances in Afghanistan as a common concern of Iran and Uzbekistan, Raeisi said the presence of foreigners, particularly the US, in Afghanistan has led to nothing but misery, bloodshed and underdevelopment for the country.
“Now that the US has withdrawn its forces from Afghanistan, we must help the Afghan people see peace and stability.”
Turning to the presence of close to four million Afghans in Iran and the continuation of the Islamic Republic’s assistance to these downtrodden people, Raeisi expressed hope that the Wednesday meeting would help the participants work out a solution and adopt a common attitude to the problems in Afghanistan.
The Uzbek foreign minister said his country seeks to strengthen ties with Iran in political and economic fields, adding the two countries have a high potential and capacity for expanding their brotherly relations.
“We are determined to use these capacities to that end.”
Kamilov noted that his country welcomes and backs Iran’s initiative for assessing the situation in Afghanistan. He said, given that the world’s major powers have failed to do anything for the country, Tehran’s meeting is of great political importance.
He voiced his country’s full support for the meeting’s outcome.
‘Washington to blame’
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) meets with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) in Tehran on October 26, 2021.
Speaking to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Raeisi expressed hope that an inclusive government will be formed in Afghanistan, one which represents all groups in the country.
He added regional countries can play a role in ensuring security in Afghanistan.
The Iranian president noted that Iran is faced with no limitations for developing relations with Pakistan in the fields of the economy and security, giving the assurance that exchange of economic and political delegations between the two countries will help enhance cooperation.
Raeisi reiterated Iran’s serious concerns about the circumstances in Afghanistan, saying, “We think of the Afghan people’s security, peace and friendship. Pakistan can cooperate well [with Iran] in this field.”
Voicing Tehran’s concerns regarding insecurities caused by the Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal, the president blamed Washington for the problems in the country, as it was the one that formed the terrorist group.
Qureshi said that Iranians and Pakistanis, as Afghanistan’s neighbors, feel the need to work toward the establishment of peace and national reconciliation in the country.
He added that Afghanistan is in need of urgent assistance from its neighbors and the international community.
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) meets with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov (L) in Tehran on October 26, 2021.
Raeisi told Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov that the two countries’ senior officials are seriously determined to expand bilateral, regional and international relations more than ever, stressing that improving mutual ties can lead to the two sides’ constructive regional and international cooperation on securing peace and stability in the region.
Praising Turkmenistan for its collaborations with Iran and support for the country in the process of gaining membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the president said ties between the two countries are beyond mere political and economic relations and strengthened by the two peoples’ love for each other and ideological commonalities.
He urged the strengthening of these relations day by day.
On the situation in Afghanistan, Raeisi once again stressed, “We are required to make efforts to ensure peace and security and form an inclusive government” in the country.
The Turkmen foreign minister voiced his country’s willingness to establish all-out ties with Iran and deepen and strengthen the bilateral relations.
“We see Iran as a brotherly and friendly country and seriously seek to raise the level of cooperation and relations between the two countries, particularly in the oil, gas, transportation and trade sectors.
He also expressed his country’s support for Iran’s initiative for resolving the Afghan issue and readiness to cooperate closely with the Islamic Republic to that end.
New chapter in ties
Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi (R) speaks to Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin in Tehran on October 26, 2021.
In his meeting with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Raeisi said the two countries have considerable capacities for boosting political, economic and cultural ties.
He added that in his recent visit to Tajikistan, a new chapter was opened in bilateral relations, which must be used to safeguard the interests of the two countries’ peoples.
Commenting on the two states’ historical, religious and cultural commonalities, Raeisi urged that these capacities should be used for strengthening bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation.
The Iranian president underlined that Afghanistan’s neighbors, especially Iran and Tajikistan, are required to work together to establish peace and ensure stability in the country.
He stressed that there must be an inclusive government in Afghanistan that is capable of guaranteeing the country’s security and end war and bloodshed.
The Tajik foreign minister also described Raeisi’s visit to his country as a new chapter in bilateral relations, saying, “We are determined to increase the level of ties and cooperation with Tehran by as much as possible and implement the previously signed agreements.”