Iran: Meeting of Afghan warring factions, participation of Muttaqi and Ahmad Massoud

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki, accompanied by the delegation, met with Ahmad Masood, head of the National Resistance Front, and Ismail Khan, a former Afghan minister and provincial governor, in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The Afghan Taliban have confirmed that their senior leadership met with self-styled exiled leaders belonging to the Afghan opposition in neighboring Iran on Monday and urged them to rule the Islamic group. Stop resisting and if they return home, their security will be guaranteed.

Elaborating on the first direct contact between the two sides, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said Muttaqi reiterated the Taliban’s assurance that they were working to improve the future of all Afghans. Then there is no room for resistance.

Courtesy of Jerusalem Post, delegation of Taliban leader in Iran

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi led his delegation, which met with Ahmad Masood, head of the National Resistance Front, and Ismail Khan, a former Afghan minister and provincial governor.

In the video released, Mottaki himself confirmed the meeting, which the Taliban released at the end of a two-day meeting with Iranian officials.

In the words of the pious, yes. We have met in Afghanistan with Commander Ismail Khan and Ahmad Massoud, as well as other Afghans there.

They can also be heard saying, “We have assured them all that they can return and live freely and safely in Afghanistan.” We (the Taliban) have no intention of raising security or any other issue for anyone. “

Neither Massoud nor Ismail Khan, both of Tajik descent, were immediately contacted by the media. Most of the Taliban are of Pashtun descent, and their group is in the majority in Afghanistan.

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It should be noted that the neighboring country and the international community have been pressuring the Taliban to promote reconciliation in national politics and form a comprehensive government to ensure the sanctity of human rights of all Afghans. Governance may consider legitimacy.

In mid-August, after the withdrawal of US-led forces from the country after 20 years, the Islamist group seized power in Afghanistan, replacing the Western-backed government.

The resistance front opposed the transfer of power, which led to violent clashes between the two sides at the Panjshir resistance stronghold north of Kabul.

On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that the visit of the Taliban delegation over the weekend does not mean that Iran officially recognizes the Kabul government.

Iranian media have quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdullahian as saying that he criticized the United States for freezing the cash of the Afghan people and demanded that the money be released in order to alleviate Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian crisis. I could improve.


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