Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday, calling for a cease-fire as negotiators met for the first time after weeks of inaction.
Iran and Afghanistan launched a month-long surveying operation in their joint border region to work out the topographic features of the Helmand River as they seek to implement the terms of an old river-sharing agreement.
Iran said on Tuesday the recent visit to Tehran by a Taliban delegation was coordinated with Kabul, and that it stands ready to engage in dialog with all political groups in neighboring Afghanistan with the aim of encouraging them to back the central government and take part in national peace talks.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday Iran supports the formation of an Islamic government in neighboring Afghanistan, which represents people from all political groups and factions of the country.
International troops plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline envisaged by the insurgent Taliban’s deal with the US, four senior NATO officials said, a move that could escalate tensions with the Taliban demanding full withdrawal.
Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan on Sunday voiced Iran’s readiness for the reconstruction of Abu Rayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad Biruni's tomb in Afghanistan.
Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami referred to sustainable development as Iran’s strategy in the region, saying Iran is ready to connect Khaf-Herat railway to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan.