Zarif: Iran supports peace initiatives in Afghanistan
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran supports the peace initiatives in Afghanistan under the guidance of the country’s government.
Iranian Foreign Minister made the remarks during a meeting with Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Iran Press reported.
Zarif noted that any plan on Afghanistan’s peace process needs to be conducted with the active participation of the Afghan government.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the promotion of reciprocal ties in different fields. They also reviewed the developments of the five committees that were set up last year to boost mutual cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
A high-ranking delegation, including Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, is accompanying Mohaqiq on this visit to Tehran.
Later in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Karzai and conferred on a range of regional and mutual topics, as well as Afghanistan’s peace talks.
Russia hosted a conference on Afghanistan’s peace on Nov. 9 as an attempt to bring the Taliban and the Afghan government closer to direct peace talks.
However, the Kabul government did not send a delegation. Instead, members of the High Peace Council (HPC), a government-appointed body responsible for reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, attended the event, where they repeated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks without pre-conditions.
According to the delegations from the Taliban and HPC, the meeting ended without the sides agreeing on a path to direct dialogue.