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Foreign Countries Should Not Turn Afghanistan Into Their Rivalry Hub: Iranian Envoy

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(Last Updated On: March 19, 2018)

Mohammad Reza Bahrami, the Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan says that foreign countries should not turn the war-torn Afghanistan into their rivalry hub.

On Sunday, Mr. Bahrami said the increasing activities of terrorist groups in Afghanistan and in the region is alarming and added that regional countries should provide the ground for initiating peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban insurgent group.

“Overall, we are worried about the expansion of extremist and terrorist movements activities in Afghanistan and the region. I don’t want to limit this to a specific group, we are worried about any activity by extremist groups in the region,” Bahrami told Ariana News.

He also denied Iran’s support for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Recently, Afghan officials in western Farah province of Afghanistan accused Iran for providing modern weapons to Taliban militants.

According to officials, lack of water resources in Iran has encouraged the country’s intelligence to destabilize Farah province of Afghanistan in order to prevent the construction of Bakhshabad dam.

“Insecurities increased in Farah province after reports regarding the construction of Bakhshabad dam emerged. Absolutely, our neighboring country, Iran is behind the insecurities,” Dadullah Qani, a member of Farah provincial council said.

While, Mr. Bahrami, the ambassador of Iran to Afghanistan, once in an interview with Ariana News, accepted having contacts with the Taliban group for information purposes, but now rejects any support to the group.

“I’m strongly rejecting, the Islamic Republic of Iran is not supporting any extremist group in Afghanistan,” Bahrami told Ariana News.

“We have always emphasized that those countries which have a presence in Afghanistan should refrain from entering their disagreements into Afghanistan,” he added. “Afghanistan was supposed to be a model of cooperation between countries not a competition field.”

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Russia recognizes IEA’s ‘efforts’ to stabilize Afghanistan

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has acknowledged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) efforts to stabilize Afghanistan after the delegation arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for talks.

Lavrov added that the Kremlin is “satisfied with the level of interaction with the new Afghan authorities”, while pointing the finger at Daesh (ISIS-K) and al-Qaeda for trying to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan, RT reported.

Russians meanwhile said earlier that they’re not going to recognize the IEA government until they are able to prove their commitments to the world, Anil Trigunayat, a former Russian diplomat, told Times Now on Wednesday.

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Khalilzad: Afghanistan is facing ‘great challenges ahead’

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Zalmay Khalilzad said a day after his resignation as the US State Department’s special envoy for the Afghan reconciliation process that the country was facing major challenges

“US forces are out and the war for the United States is over, but this is not the final chapter,” he said in a series of tweets.

Khalilzad also said he remained committed to peace in Afghanistan and the region.

“I am committed to the possibility of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and in the wider region. This is what Afghans have yearned for more than 40 years. The United States stands with them,” Khalilzad added.

The Afghan-American diplomat said in the tweets that the United States, the international community and Afghan leaders would stay in touch and he welcomed Thomas West’s appointment as his successor.

He also thanked the US State Department, Defense and intelligence officials “who joined me on this mission “.

Khalilzad’s resignation came two months after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control of Kabul.

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IEA delegation arrives in Moscow for major talks on Afghanistan

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An Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi has arrived in Moscow for a key meeting in Afghanistan’s future.

The Russian embassy in Kabul said a major international meeting will be held Wednesday to focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

“Members of the Moscow format, including Afghanistan, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Central Asian countries and others, have been invited to attend the meeting,” the embassy said in a statement.

The statement added that the meeting, in which the conditions, including domestic politics, necessary to ensure the reconstruction of the country after the disputes in a broad sense will be discussed.

Eleven nations in total are expected to participate.

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