Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons have discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan in a meeting in Tehran.
Canadian diplomat Deborah Lyons, who is also head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), conferred with Araqchi on Sunday on the political and security conditions in Afghanistan, the latest developments in the Afghan peace process, and problems in the course of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha.
Reaffirming Iran’s support for the peace process in Afghanistan under the ownership of the Afghan government and with the participation of all Afghan groups, including the Taliban, Araqchi stressed the need to protect the Afghan people’s achievements of the past two decades, particularly the Afghan Constitution and democratic structures.
The Afghan problem has no military solution, the Iranian diplomat underscored, saying the US government’s wrong and unilateral policies on the peace process have caused trouble to the Afghan people.
Pointing to the UN’s role in facilitating the Afghan peace talks, Araqchi voiced Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the UNAMA in advancing the intra-Afghan negotiations.
For her part, Lyons hailed Iran’s positive role in supporting the Afghan people and government, expressing the UN’s readiness to contribute to the peace talks in Afghanistan.
Both diplomats also voiced concern about the rising war fatalities in Afghanistan, and called for the reduction of violence to prepare the ground for the advancement of intra-Afghan talks.