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Iran: Peace in Afghanistan only possible through broad-based, inclusive government

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)
The Taliban take position at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Iran says establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan is only possible through the formation of a broad-based government in the war-ravaged country.

Iran’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian, made the remarks in a Sunday virtual meeting with special envoys from other neighboring countries of Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Iran’s envoy stressed that due attention should be paid to the suffering and problems of people of Afghanistan, saying, “Peace and calm in this country is impossible to take hold unless through establishment of an inclusive and broad-based government with the participation of all ethnic groups.”

He added that Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held phone calls with his Chinese and Russian counterparts and agreed to hold a virtual meeting at the ministerial level of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries on Wednesday.

The Iranian diplomat expressed hope that the meeting of foreign ministers would clearly and strongly support the Afghan people in the establishment of an inclusive government under the current circumstances in Afghanistan.

Amir-Abdollahian and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a Saturday phone conversation, agreed that Afghanistan’s neighbors hold a virtual summit to discuss the latest chain of events following the hasty and ill-planned withdrawal of US-led forces and the Taliban’s takeover.

In recent days, Amir-Abdollahian has held phone conversations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi over the issue of Afghanistan.

The Iranian and Chinese foreign ministers stressed the importance of establishing an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the participation of all ethnicities and groups. They also laid emphasis on fighting terrorism and narcotics, dispatching humanitarian aid, and keeping border crossings open.

They held the United States responsible for the current crisis in Afghanistan.

The Taliban are poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were removed from power by the invading forces of the United States and its allies in 2001. 

The Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday that the group was in the process of forming an inclusive government.

The Taliban militants intensified their offensives and rapidly overran major cities in recent weeks even before the United States had completed its withdrawal. They took control of Afghanistan on August 15, forcing the US-allied Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to flee the country.

Iran’s parliament speaker, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, said on Sunday that the recent humiliating escape of the US forces from Afghanistan was a sign of deteriorating international power of the United States and proved that trusting a country’s security to the US is a strategic error.

“Various political analysts from across the globe have asserted that the humiliating escape of the US army [from Afghanistan] is a clear sign of declining international clout of the United States,” Qalibaf said.


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