Afghan Government Meets Taliban in Iran

Iran hosted the intra-Afghan delegations composed of Afghan government representatives and the Taliban for a meeting, saying Iran is ready to assist in the dialogue between both parties to end the crisis in Afghanistan.  

Iran said both parties agreed in a joint statement on Thursday that the Afghan crisis needs a peaceful and political solution, official IRNA news reported. 

Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “Today the people and political leaders of Afghanistan must make difficult decisions for the future of their country,” as he opened the talks on Wednesday.

Former Vice President Younus Qanooni led the Afghan government delegation while deputy chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai led the Taliban delegation, the Iran foreign ministry said.

Both sides also, “strongly denounced attacks causing demolition of residences, schools, mosques, and hospitals and targeting civilian people, and they unanimously agreed that the culprits destroying facilities of social services should be punished,” IRNA news reported. 

The meeting comes after escalated tensions this week as the Taliban advances to gain territories across Afghanistan.

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