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Online meeting of Afghanistan neighbors' FMs: Iranian FM urges commitment to dialogue as genuine policy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Sep 8, 2021

Tehran, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Wednesday urged commitment to dialogue as a genuine policy.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh elaborated on today's virtual meeting of the six neighboring countries of Afghanistan.

Khatibzadeh said Amirabdollahian asked the participants to rule out foreign intervention and the use of military force and urged commitment to dialogue as a genuine policy.

He said that at today's meeting, the foreign ministers of the participating countries expressed their views, adding that the Iranian Foreign Minister also explained the principled policy of Iran.

Khatibzadeh stated that the top Iranian diplomat blamed the 20-year-long US occupation for the current situation in Afghanistan.

Now all leaders and people of Afghanistan should cooperate with the help of the neighboring states to achieve lasting peace in the country, he quoted Amirabdollahian as saying in the virtual meeting.

The need for humanitarian assistance and respect for international and humanitarian law had been also addressed in the meeting, he pointed out.

The foreign ministers of the neighboring countries were seriously concerned about terrorism in Afghanistan and that the Taliban must keep their distance from terrorists and do not allow terrorism to re-emerge in Afghanistan, he underlined.

Borders have to be calm and border crossings need to be kept open to help the Afghan nation, he added.

The next meeting will be held in Tehran in the next one or two months if the pandemic allows, he pointed out.


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