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Iran foreign ministry officials speak Taliban tongue: Murtazavi

Iran foreign ministry officials speak Taliban tongue: Murtazavi

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Jan 10, 2019 - 16:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Deputy presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazavi on Thursday said Iran’s foreign ministry officials these days acted ‘like Talibaninfo-icon spokesmen.’

On his Facebook page, Murtazavi wrote “If Iran believes in a political settlement (in Afghanistaninfo-icon), it should first negotiate peace with its domestic opponents such as People’s Mujahideeninfo-icon of Iran.”

“Why is Iran not solving its own political problems which have confronted that country with crisis for years. Was it better for Iran to listen to the voices of its own political opponents such as Mir Hussain Musavi or listening to the Taliban,” he asked.

Murtazavi said Iran was seriously concerned about a democratic Afghanistan where freedom of speech was exercised. “Right now, 350 writers and journalists are imprisoned in Iran and there is no free media in that country where religious minorities are suppressed,” he added.

He believed the government of Iran feared Afghanistan would turn to an example for Iranian people. “That is the reason Iran supports the thoughts of Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Omar.”

In response to one of comments on his Facebook writing, Murtazavi said, “It is a question why Iranian officials did not ask the Taliban about the killing of Iranian diplomats in Mazar-i-Sharif.”

Mortazavi said the Taliban's political office in Qatar recently traveled to Tehran two times and had separate meetings with Iranian foreign ministry officials.

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, after the meeting, supported the Taliban, saying that the insurgents controlled more than 50 percent of Afghanistan's territory and they should negotiate with them.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with a television channel in India that the future Afghan government would be impossible without the Taliban.

Ahmed Zia Rahimzi, a Facebook user, wrote: "Unfortunately, over the past one and a half decades, we ignored Iran's vicious interventions given Pakistaninfo-icon's interventions in Afghanistan."

Younis Samim, another Facebook user, Iran was just looking for its own interests and it has never been true in regional interactions. He added Iran's policy towards its neighboring countries is clear. “It's not surprising that Iran acts as a spokesman for the Taliban.”

"Since Iran's support for the Taliban has repeatedly been proven, it's good to be more responsible now, it's good for us to decide, in accordance with Iran's clearer status and its relationship with the Taliban," Samim said.

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