Shamkhani made the comment after the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital Kabul.
“In December 2018, during my visit to Kabul, I had a challenging meeting with the Afghan president. Today’s painful comments by the country’s defence minister reflect the effect of 20-year occupation of Afghanistan by the US and the depth of the infiltration of the Afghan government by Washington and its influence [on Kabul],” he said in a tweet Monday.
“Just like the past 40 years, we support the people of Afghanistan and their will,” he added without elaborating.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said in a tweet Sunday that he welcomes the establishment of the coordination council by the Taliban leaders. He said Iran will help efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan.