Iran says it backs "regional initiatives" to address  problems in Afghanistan

Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, emphasized the importance of backing "regional efforts" aimed at resolving issues in Afghanistan.

Iran (IMNA) - During a meeting with Pakistan's special representative on Afghanistan Affairs, Asif Durrani, in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian acknowledged the influential role of Iran and Pakistan in Afghanistan's developments and the wider region. He expressed optimism that ongoing consultations between Tehran and Islamabad would contribute to peace, particularly in Afghanistan.

Amir-Abdollahian also emphasized the significance of supporting "regional initiatives" led by Afghanistan's neighboring countries to address the challenges faced by the Central Asian nation. Durrani, in turn, expressed contentment with his discussions with the Iranian foreign minister. He provided an assessment of Afghanistan's political and security situation and affirmed Pakistan's commitment to collaborate with Iran in order to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The Taliban, who once governed Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, regained control in August 2021 during the tumultuous withdrawal of US troops.

Subsequent to the Taliban's seizure of power, the United States and its partners swiftly moved to sever Afghanistan's access to global assistance and froze the assets of the country's central bank.

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank similarly took action, exacerbating one of the most severe humanitarian emergencies in Afghanistan and triggering a fresh influx of refugees.

The Taliban has been unsuccessful in establishing an inclusive government that truly reflects the diverse ethnic makeup of Afghanistan and safeguards the rights of its entire populace.

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