Iran Calls for UN Focus on Peace and Welfare in Afghanistan, Criticizes US Role

In a meeting in Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani emphasized the importance of promoting peace, security, and welfare in Afghanistan.

Iran (IMNA) - Bagheri Kani criticized the US presence in Afghanistan, attributing it to instability, insecurity, and the exacerbation of terrorism and narcotics cultivation in the war-torn nation.

Bagheri Kani urged international organizations in Afghanistan to prioritize the interests of the Afghan people, enhance their living conditions, ensure their welfare, and guarantee the country's security. He stressed the need for Western countries, especially the US, to address the damage caused to Afghanistan and the region over the past two decades.

The Iranian diplomat highlighted the United Nations' responsibility in fostering peace and stability in Afghanistan. He also underscored the significance of preparing for the repatriation of educated and skilled Afghan nationals living abroad, including in Iran, to contribute to the country's development.

Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva, the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Afghanistan, acknowledged the complexity of issues in Afghanistan and the involvement of multiple actors. She emphasized the importance of coordinating the positions of regional and extra-regional countries to support Afghanistan's development and stability. Otunbayeva sought Iran's assistance in enhancing constructive cooperation among these countries and engaging with Kabul's de-facto government.

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, launched under the pretext of the "war on terror," resulted in significant civilian casualties and the displacement of millions. The Taliban's resurgence in August 2021 followed the chaotic withdrawal of foreign forces and the rapid collapse of Afghan security forces.

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