Tehran: The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Afghan government delegation met with Taliban representatives in Tehran on Wednesday because Islamic militias moved forward rapidly with the withdrawal of US troops.
At the beginning of the talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif welcomed his American enemies to leave his eastern border, but warned: “Today, the Afghan people and political leaders must make difficult decisions for the future of their country.”
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the deputy chief negotiator Sher Mohamed Abbas Stnikzai led the Taliban delegation, while former Vice President Yunus Kanuni represented the government.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed Stanikzai s visit to Tehran to “discuss issues of mutual interest”.
But he made no reference to any Afghan government delegation, saying only that Stanikzai was holding talks with “some Afghan personalities”.
“They will discuss and exchange opinions on the current situation of the country and finding a solution through talks,” Mujahid added.
In his opening remarks, the Iranian foreign minister hailed the “defeat” of US troops after two decades of war that had caused “extensive damage” but warned of the “unfavourable results of continuing the conflict”.