Iran to host multilateral conference on Afghanistan

Iran to host multilateral conference on Afghanistan

Iran to host a meeting on Afghanistan’s neighbours plus Russia next week, according to the country’s foreign ministry.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced during a conference meeting on Monday that, in addition to Iran and Russia, the meeting will be attended by China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, who all have land borders with Afghanistan.

According to Khatibzadeh, the meeting will continue discussions that the countries had during a virtual meeting held in early September.

“The six countries will be focused on how they can help form an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the presence of all ethnic groups, and how they can help shape a future of peace and security in Afghanistan.

Since the Taliban took control of Kabul in mid-August, there has been a debate in Iran on whether the group has changed its ways since it was in power more than 20 years ago.

But Iran’s official position is that it wants an inclusive government and stability in its eastern neighbouring state.

The calls have continued after the Taliban formed an administration that does not include ethnic and religious groups or women.

“Iran has maintained contact with all parties in Afghanistan, including the Taliban.

“What is clear is that Taliban has a direct responsibility in maintaining peace and stability, and to preserve the health of all Afghan groups including the Hazaras and Shias,” Khatibzadeh said.

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Iran to host multilateral conference on Afghanistan

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