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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has expressed regret over and denounced the latest terrorist attack on a private firm in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad which left tens of civilians dead and wounded.
Representatives of the Taliban have set new conditions for peace talks with the Afghan government during their meetings with the US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, said some news outlets in Afghanistan.
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.
The US is seeking to restore the Taliban rule to the war-torn Afghanistan despite its earlier claims to eradicate the terror group in the region, says an op-ed of an Iranian paper.