Since taking over the Taliban in August, Iran has maintained contact with the Taliban, but has called for an inclusive government.
Tehran, Iran After meeting with the Taliban in Tehran, Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is still some time before the Taliban is officially recognized as the government of neighboring Afghanistan.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Sunday’s high-level talks with Taliban representatives were “active”, but Iran “has not yet officially recognized the Taliban.”
He added at a press conference on Monday: “The current situation in Afghanistan is a major concern of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the visit of the Afghan delegation is within the framework of these concerns.”
The Taliban delegation led by the organization’s foreign minister Amir Khan Mutaki met with his Iranian counterparts led by Foreign Minister Hussein Amirab Durashian.
This is the first such visit by a Taliban delegation, as the organization’s chaotic withdrawal of US-led troops in August led to the collapse of the country’s Western-backed government.
Since the fall of Kabul, Iran’s official position has been that only when the Taliban manage to form a “Inclusive” governmentSince then, Iran and the Taliban have kept in touch. Iran’s special envoy Hassan Kazemi-Kumi has visited Afghanistan several times in recent months.
Border conflict “misunderstanding”
Before Sunday’s meeting, the two sides expressed their hope to discuss political, economic, transit and refugee issues.
According to a statement issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amirabdorahian criticized the “wrong policy” of the United States and its allies in Afghanistan during the meeting, and stated that the United States must lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds and help the Afghan people and economy .
He also promised that Iran will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to its neighbors, and said: “The efforts of the enthusiastic Afghan people show that no foreign power can occupy Afghanistan and rule the Afghan people.”
Amirabdollahian also reminds Muttaqi of 1998 Iranian diplomat killed in Mazar-e-Sharif During the siege of the Afghan consulate controlled by the Taliban, he stated that the Taliban now has the responsibility to protect the diplomatic office.
Iran and the Taliban border forces also have Brief conflict In Helmand last month, both of them later described it as a “misunderstanding.”
Mutaki was quoted as saying that at the meeting on Sunday, the new Afghan government emphasized that “it does not oppose any neighboring country.”
According to reports, the two sides also agreed that further meetings between the technical delegations will be arranged to discuss the issue of Iran’s water rights in the Helmand River.