Iran’s Zarif requires ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban talks

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Tehran, Iran – Iran will solely help an “inclusive” authorities in neighbouring Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif advised a prime Taliban delegation.

In a Sunday assembly with the group led by senior Taliban determine Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Iran’s prime diplomat emphasised a multilateral approach whereas providing to facilitate talks between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities and cautioning reliance on the United States.

“Political decisions can’t occur in a vacuum. Forming an all-inclusive government must be done in a participatory process that considers structures, entities and fundamental rules like the constitution,” a international ministry assertion mentioned.

“The war and Afghanistan’s occupation have inflicted heavy damages to the good people of Afghanistan. I hope you’ll work to end the people’s problems and take away the occupiers’ excuses out of their hands through achieving peace in Afghanistan as soon as possible,” Zarif advised Baradar.

The Taliban signed a peace cope with the United States in February 2020 that aimed to make sure the protection of American allies and pursuits in Afghanistan and the area in change for the pullout of troops from the nation, which has been in turmoil for the reason that US-led invasion in 2001.

The settlement additionally set out the parameters for intra-Afghan talks on the way forward for the nation that the Taliban is taking part in as they’re held in rounds in Doha.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken advised Afghan President Ashraf Ghani final week the administration of President Joe Biden is reviewing the peace deal and is dedicated to making sure the US-Afghan partnership.

Biden is anticipated to ship his first main international coverage handle on Monday, which can embody each the conflict in Afghanistan and his administration’s approach to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and regional affect.

Kabul mentioned the Iranian authorities had knowledgeable it of the Taliban go to beforehand, and that Tehran mentioned it could emphasise to the Taliban {that a} pause within the violent assaults in opposition to civilians and authorities officers was important and {that a} lasting peace ought to be pursued throughout the framework of Afghanistan’s structure.

The Taliban’s political chief, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, can also be main a delegation to Russia for talks.

“Because Mr Ghani has come to power through illegal means, it would be better for him to resign for peace and surrender power to Afghanistan’s true representatives,” Stanikzai mentioned after touching down in Moscow.

Last week, the Taliban delegation met with Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s secretary of the Supreme Council of National Security.

In that assembly, Shamkhani advised Baradar Iran opposes violence in Afghanistan, particularly within the western Afghan provinces that border Iran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will never recognise a movement that would wish to come to power through war in Afghanistan,” he mentioned.

Expressing pessimism about US intentions in Afghanistan, Shamkhani mentioned: “The US is not after peace and security in Afghanistan. Its approach is to perpetuate war and bloodshed between different Afghan factions.”

US torture

Shamkhani posted a tweet following the assembly, saying he believes Taliban leaders are steadfast in combating the US.

“Someone who has been under US torture at Guantanamo for 13 years has not given up fighting the US in the region,” he wrote in reference to the notorious US jail.

The Taliban delegation’s go to, and Shamkhani’s feedback, attracted criticism on-line from Afghan individuals and officers.

Yasin Zia, Afghanistan’s military chief of workers, mentioned Shamkhani’s understanding of the conflict in Afghanistan was flawed.

“Taliban is not fighting against the US, it is fighting against the people of Afghanistan,” he tweeted in response to Shamkhani’s tweet. “We will act decisively against any group of enemies of Afghanistan’s people.”

Meanshile, the Taliban had lately criticised Iran for referring to it as a “terrorist” group.

In an interview with Afghanistan’s TOLOnews channel in late December, Zarif was pressed on whether or not Iran considers the Taliban as such.

“Look, the Taliban has done many terrorist acts. Is the Taliban still a terrorist group? In our laws we still haven’t taken Taliban out of our terror list,” the international minister mentioned.

The Taliban condemned the “irresponsible” remarks that it deemed a “clear intervention in Afghanistan’s affairs”.