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Iran FM comment against diplomatic norms: Kabul

Iran FM comment against diplomatic norms: Kabul

Jan 10, 2019 - 19:28

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In response to Iran’s Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif’s comment on Talibaninfo-icon’s role in future Afghan government, Kabul on Thursday warned Tehran that any links out of the state-to-state relationship with the Taliban would harm bilateral ties.

Iran’s FM Zarif during a visit to India on Wednesday had said the Taliban must have a role in Afghanistaninfo-icon in future, but not a dominant role.

He admitted Iran has had intelligence contacts with the Taliban because it needed to secure border areas controlled by the rebels on the Afghan side.

 “I think it would be impossible to have a future Afghanistan without any role for the Taliban,” Zarif, who was in New Delhi for talks with Indian leaders, told NDTV in an interview.

 “But we also believe that the Taliban should not have a dominant role in Afghanistan.”

Zarif said it was up to Afghans to decide what role the Taliban should have but Afghanistan’s neighbours would not want them to be in overall control.

Reacting to his comments, Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister Idrees Zaman said that any kind of Iran’s links with the Taliban out of the frame work of state to state relationship could harm bilateral ties between Kabul and Tehran.

He termed the suggestion of change in the government system and inclusion of armed groups in the government as ‘against all diplomatic norms’ and ‘a clear interference’ in the internal affairs of the country.

Earlier, Deputy Presidential Spokesman Shah HussianMurtazavi said that Iranian officials spoke the Taliban language and acted as their spokespersons in recent times.

On his Facebook page, Murtazavi wrote if the neighbouring country believed in talks with armed groups, it should talk to internal armed opponent groups such as the Mujahidin Khalq.

The Taliban’s Qatar delegation traveled to Iran recently twice and held talks with Iranian officials. The Taliban later said they discussed post-occupation of Afghanistan with Iranian officials.



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