Iran’s ambassador to Kabul says economic woes are the common foe faced by Iran and Afghanistan, voicing Tehran’s readiness to invest in various sectors in Afghanistan to help reconstruct the war-torn country.
Accompanied by a delegation, Bahador Aminian made the remarks during a meeting with the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, on Saturday, Fars news agency reported.
According to Fars news agency, the meeting took place at the request of the Taliban.
“During the meeting, Mr. Amininan said that economic challenge is our common enemy that creates turmoil, & Iran is ready to invest in energy, connectivity, mines, trade, and health sectors in Afghanistan,” the Taliban’s foreign ministry spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, announced via Twitter.
Today IEA Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met Iranian Ambassador to Kabul, Bahadur Amaninan & accompanying delegation.— Abdul Qahar Balkhi (@QaharBalkhi) October 23, 2021
During the meeting, Mr. Amininan said that economic challenge is our common enemy that creates turmoil, & Iran is ready to invest in energy, pic.twitter.com/Y1Fzk6Y4pY
The spokesman further said Muttaqi had called for particular attention to be paid to address the Afghan refugees’ issues in Iran and provide further facilities for Afghans traveling to Iran via the common border.
connectivity, mines, trade, and health sectors in Afghanistan.— Abdul Qahar Balkhi (@QaharBalkhi) October 23, 2021
Expressing IEA’s readiness, H.E. Muttaqi called for particular attention in addressing the Afghan refugee issues in Iran as well as providing further facilities for Afghans traveling via Afg-Iran border.
Iran is home to over 3 million Afghan refugees. The fall of the former Afghan government in mid-August has caused a sharp increase in the number of Afghan nationals seeking refuge in neighboring countries, especially Iran.
The Islamic Republic has called on the international community to take on the responsibility of attending to the needs of the Afghan refugees in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.
Meanwhile, Iran’s special representative for Afghanistan said earlier that the stability and security of the region and Afghanistan’s neighbors depend on the current situation in Afghanistan.
“If there is stability and security in Afghanistan, stability and security will definitely be spread to other countries. This is the case with instability and insecurity and the spread of terrorism as well,” Hassan Kazemi-Qomi said while in Russia to attend the third meeting of the Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan.
“Everyone should help Afghanistan out of such circumstances,” Kazemi-Qomi added.
He also reiterated Iran’s stance that the fate of the Afghan people must be determined by themselves, expressing hope for the formation of a government based on the will of the Afghan people.
The Taliban were in power from 1996 to 2001, before they were overthrown by the US government in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
Iran hopes that the Taliban’s behavior after regaining power would be different from the last period, repeatedly calling for the formation of an all-inclusive government that secures the rights of all ethnic and religious groups and women.