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Taliban Delegation Meets with Iranian Foreign Minister in Tehran

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(Last Updated On: November 27, 2019)

A delegation of the Taliban militant group has travelled to Tehran and met with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on November 26, the Spokesman of Taliban’s Political Office Suhail Shaheen said Wednesday.

During Tehran visit, the Taliban delegation is headed by Mullah Baradar Akhund, the Political Deputy and Chief of Political Office of the group, Shaheen wrote on Twitter.

Both sides discussed the peaceful solution to the Afghan issue, the peace process and problems of Afghan refugees in Iran, he added.

Iran’s Foreign Minister has expressed Tehran’s willingness to support dialogue between all Afghan parties with the participation of the Afghan government, according to IRNA news agency.

The Taliban’s second visit to Tehran comes after reports emerged that U.S. and Taliban negotiators have held unofficial talks in Qatar.

Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban official told Ariana News that as peace talks are getting momentum, the Taliban are trying to convince Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to play their positive role.

The exchange of an American and an Australian professors with three Taliban prisoners including Anas Haqqani, the brother of Taliban’s military leader Siraj Haqqani, has increased optimism about the resumption of peace talks.

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Russia recognizes IEA’s ‘efforts’ to stabilize Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

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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