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Iran, Japan FMs discuss US-made catastrophe in Afghanistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) elbow bumps his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, in Tehran on August 22, 2021. (Photo by IRNA)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he has exchanged views with his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, on a range of issues, including “the catastrophic US-engineered situation in Afghanistan.”

Zarif made the remarks in a tweet after a meeting with Motegi in Tehran on Sunday, which came one week after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan following the United States’ abrupt military withdrawal that put an end to a futile two-decade war.

The ill-prepared US pullout plunged Afghanistan into chaos, with thousands of people still at Kabul’s international airport racing to flee the South Asian country.

Zarif said in addition to the Afghan situation, the two sides discussed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as well as ties between Tehran and Tokyo. 

“Pleased to host Japanese FM Motegi in Tehran on Sunday,” he wrote. “In what is probably my last meeting with a counterpart as Iran’s foreign minister, we discussed strengthening bilateral relations, how to resuscitate the JCPOA and the catastrophic US-engineered situation in Afghanistan.”

Also on Sunday, Motegi met with Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).

The top Japanese diplomat arrived in Tehran on Saturday night for a two-day visit at the invitation of Zarif.

Earlier, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, “Relations between Iran and Japan, as two important powers in the West and East Asia, have always been important. The two states have enjoyed friendly relations over the 90 years of diplomatic ties, which are based on common interests. Currently, consultations are underway between the two countries at the highest levels regarding bilateral and multilateral issues.”

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