An Afghan authorities delegation met with Taliban representatives in Tehran Wednesday, the Iranian overseas ministry stated, because the group pressed a lightning advance amid the pullout of US troops.
Opening the talks, Iran’s Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed the departure of the US from its jap borders however warned: “At present the folks and political leaders of Afghanistan should make troublesome selections for the way forward for their nation.”
Deputy chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai headed the Taliban delegation whereas former vp Younus Qanooni represented the federal government, the Iranian ministry stated.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed Stanikzai’s go to to Tehran to “focus on problems with mutual curiosity”.
However he made no reference to any Afghan authorities delegation, saying solely that Stanikzai was holding talks with “some Afghan personalities”.
“They may focus on and change opinions on the present scenario of the nation and discovering an answer by means of talks,” Mujahid added.
In his opening remarks, the Iranian overseas minister hailed the “defeat” of US troops after 20 years of battle that had brought on “in depth harm” however warned of the “unfavourable outcomes of constant the battle”.
Iran hosts a number of million Afghan refugees and migrant staff and is deeply involved concerning the intensifying turmoil within the neighbouring nation.
Zarif appealed to the opponents in Afghanistan to return to the negotiating desk, calling “dedication to political options the only option for Afghanistan’s leaders and political actions”.
“We’re proud to have stood alongside our noble Afghan brothers and sisters in the course of the jihad in opposition to the overseas occupiers,” he added, in a video excerpt of his speech launched by the ministry.
On Tuesday, Afghan authorities vowed to retake all of the districts misplaced to the Taliban because the pullout of US forces neared completion.
A whole bunch of commandos have been deployed to counter the insurgents’ blistering offensive within the north, a day after greater than 1,000 authorities troops fled into neighbouring Tajikistan.
However on Wednesday, the Taliban attacked the Badghis provincial capital Qalat-i-Naw, the primary regional seat they’ve entered because the launch of their newest offensive, native officers stated.
The insurgents already management the entire surrounding countryside within the western province.
The US Central Command in the meantime introduced that the American withdrawal from the nation, ordered in April by President Joe Biden, was now greater than 90 p.c full, underscoring that Afghan forces are more and more on their very own within the battle with the Taliban.