Taliban not invited to Tehran summit on Afghanistan

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid looks on during a press conference in Kabul on August 24, 2021 after the Taliban stunning takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP)

Iran will host a meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbours on Wednesday without the participation of the Taliban. The new rulers of Afghanistan have not been invited to the summit, according to a Taliban spokesperson.

Tehran will host a ministerial meeting with Afghanistan’s neighboring countries on Wednesday and hold talks on inclusivity within the Afghan government and stability inside the country.

The Islamic Emirate is not invited to the meeting yet, but a spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Zabiullah Mujahid, noted he hopes the meeting’s outcome will benefit Afghanistan.

It is reported that the meeting will mainly focus on topics of peace and stability and an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

“We are aware that the meeting will be held. The meeting relates to neighbors, and we are not invited,” Mujahid stated.

The foreign ministers and political representatives of Pakistan, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia will gather to discuss the formation of an inclusive government and other Afghan issues.

Since the collapse of the previous government, it is the second regional meeting to be held on Afghanistan.

“In the condition that regional and international contributions to Afghanistan are declining, any kind of meeting will benefit the country,” noted Badul Haq Emad, political analyst.

In the meantime, the acting foreign minister of the Islamic Emirate, Amir Khan Mutaqi, met Iranian ambassador Bahadur Aminian, the ministry of foreign affairs announced and the two sides discussed multiple issues including political and economic relations and as well as immigrants’ problems in Iran.

The Iranian embassy in Kabul released a statement and said that the formation of an inclusive government, peace and stability, economic challenges, and preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists, will be discussed in the meeting.

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