The Taliban group is part of the current and future reality of Afghanistan, as Kabul is in official talks with the Taliban. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said this today, February 1.
“The Taliban’s political office is in Qatar, and the group officially operates in Pakistan and some other countries. The group is in direct talks with the Afghan government,” Hatibzadeh noted.
He stressed that Kabul was informed about the Taliban’s visit to Tehran and there was an “exchange of views” about it.
“The visit was one of the stages of ongoing negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Hatibzadeh said.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry statement came as a Taliban delegation led by the deputy head of the group’s political office, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, held consultations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on January 31. In a statement after the meeting, Zarif called for an inclusive (inclusive) government in Afghanistan.
“Political decisions cannot be made in a vacuum and the formation of Afghanistan’s government must take into account all structures, institutions, and the country’s constitution,” Zarif said.
He also noted that Iran is ready to facilitate dialogue between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and other political groups.
“The noble people of Afghanistan have suffered. The war and occupation of Afghanistan have dealt them a heavy blow,” he added.
“Tehran hopes that the Taliban will focus on an immediate end to violence and address the problems of the Afghan people in order to deny foreign forces an excuse to occupy Afghanistan,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.