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Afghanistan's neighbors in Tehran for talks on Afghan future

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The Tehran Summit brought together foreign ministers of Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan plus Russia to help form an inclusive government and establish peace and stability in Afghanistan, after the United States’ pullout and the Taliban’s takeover.

Iran, as the host, blamed the Afghan crisis on foreign intervention, while renewing its call for the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

The Taliban announced an interim government in Afghanistan in September, weeks after it took control of the country amid swift advances on the ground, following a hasty withdrawal of US-led foreign forces after two decades of presence on the Afghan soil.

In a recorded message to the conference, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres thanked Iran for initiating the conference and called on all regional countries to join hands to tackle the problems in Afghanistan.

A similar message was echoed by the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers who attended the meeting via video conference.

Tehran's meeting followed another summit held virtually in September, where the foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring states agreed to collaborate with the Afghan government to build the future of Afghanistan based on the will of the Afghan nation.

Now a third round of talks is expected to be hosted in China.

Delegates at the Tehran Summit say the ultimate way out of the crisis is for the Afghan leadership to form an inclusive government that reflects the interests of all ethno-political parties in the country.

At the same time, they expressed their readiness to help Afghanistan get off the ground after years of conflict, while respecting the sovereignty, self-determination and territorial integrity of the country.

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