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An Iranian expert in Afghanistan affairs refers to the ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban, saying Washington is seeking to establish an Islamic State in eastern and southeastern regions of Afghanistan through the Taliban.
The spokesman for the Taliban says talks between the group and Iran are aimed at promoting peace and security in the region, adding that it is highly important for the group to keep its communication channel with Iran open.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discussed the outcome of Iran-Taliban talks in Tehran last week, stressing the need for closer coordination between the Afghan and Iranian government for the efforts to restore peace to the war-torn country bear fruits.
A spokesperson for the Taliban says the group has not agreed to attend Afghanistan peace negotiations in Saudi Arabia, and, hence, will not hold talks with US representatives in Jeddah.
Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi says Iran never interferes in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, and its talks with the Taliban were made in coordination with the Kabul government.
Foreign Ministry spokesman announced the travel of a Taliban delegation to Iran on Sunday, saying the group has engaged in extensive talks with Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi.
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani has welcomed the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan saying the nations in the region are counting seconds for the complete withdrawal of the US from West Asia.
A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic is engaged in talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government adding that the talks will continue in the upcoming years.