The Overseas Workplace on Friday welcomed Iran’s try to have interaction the Taliban and the Afghan authorities for a negotiated settlement within the war-torn nation.
“Pakistan welcomes Iran’s engagement with Afghan parties to achieve a negotiated political settlement,” mentioned Overseas Workplace Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in an announcement.
Chaudhri mentioned that Pakistan views Iran as an “important country in the Afghan peace process.
“Iran, like Pakistan, is a neighboring nation of Afghanistan and host to tens of millions of Afghan refugees,” Chaudhri noted.
He expressed the hope that the Afghan parties would make use of the opportunity to “obtain an inclusive, broad-based and complete political settlement”.
Afghan govt delegation meets Taliban in Tehran
As fighting rages in Afghanistan, Taliban representatives met an Afghan government delegation in Tehran on Wednesday.
The news was confirmed by the Tehran foreign ministry, as the Taliban make massive gains in Afghanistan.
Opening the Tehran talks, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed the departure of its US foe from its eastern borders but warned: “Immediately the folks and political leaders of Afghanistan should make troublesome selections for the way forward for their nation.”
Leading negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai headed the Taliban delegation while former vice president Younus Qanooni represented the government, the Iranian ministry said.
Zarif hailed the “defeat” of US troops after two decades of war that had caused “in depth injury” but warned of the “unfavourable outcomes of constant the battle in Afghanistan”.
Iran hosts several million Afghan refugees and migrant workers and is deeply concerned about the intensifying turmoil in the neighbouring country.
Zarif appealed to the warring parties in Afghanistan to return to the negotiating table, calling “dedication to political options the only option for Afghanistan’s leaders and political actions”.
“We’re proud to have stood alongside our noble Afghan brothers and sisters throughout the jihad towards the international occupiers,” he added, in a video excerpt of his speech launched by the ministry.