Foreign Policy
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:48
Iran: Foreign Meddling in Afghan Peace Process Should End
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Islamabad Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Tehran is ready to assist the Afghan people restore peace to their country, but there should be an end to all sorts of external interventions in the war-torn country.

"Like before, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide any requested help for the advancement of peace and will share its good experiences and facilities with its Afghan brothers and sisters to achieve an enduring peace," Hosseini said in a statement.

He reiterated that intra-Afghan talks could be harbinger for the long-awaited peace.

"The ambassador noted that for taking maximum advantage of this opportunity, there should be an end to all sorts of external interventions in Afghanistan, and Afghans should be allowed to freely decide their destiny," Hosseini added.

The Iranian ambassador pointed out that responsible withdrawal of foreign forces, formation of mutual trust between the negotiating parties and concentration on political solutions, can provide a hopeful perspective for the talks.

Hosseini called for preserving “valuable achievements” of Afghan people, including their constitution, democratic structure, inclusive political participation, women’s rights and rights of ethnic and religious minorities.

He said that Afghan refugees were closely following these negotiations, adding, "They are impatiently waiting for the negotiations to bear fruit and return back to their motherland. They are restive to reconstruct their country and witness the growth and rise of their children in their own land.”

In relevant remarks on Thursday, Afghan Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah lauded Iran for its efforts to help restore stability and hold peace talks in Afghanistan.

Abdullah made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan Bahador Aminian.

Aminian voiced his satisfaction over starting peace talks between Afghanistan and Taliban.

He stressed that Iran supports sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Abdullah referred to intra-Afghan peace talks in Qatar, and appreciated Iran’s supports.

Zarif had in a phone call with Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Tuesday offered Iran's readiness for any assistance to Peace Process in Afghanistan.

He discussed the latest situation of Afghan parties within the framework of the peace process, the role of neighboring countries in it, as well as issues of mutual interest.

Expressing satisfaction with the holding of talks among the Afghan parties, he stressed Iran's readiness for any assistance to the peace process in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

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