Zarif: Iran always help government and people of Afghanistan
Mar 16, 2019 18:52 Asia/Tehran
Iranian Foreign Minister has pledged Iran's support for the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Iran Press/Asia: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said only the Afghan people should decide their country's internal affairs, reaffirming Iran’s support for its eastern neighbour in promoting peace.
Zarif said in a meeting with the Afghan special envoy for peace, 'Mohammad Omar Daudzai', in Tehran on Saturday: "We always believe that the Afghan people have the final say with regards to all the country's affairs," Press TV reported.
"As the Afghans' representative, the Kabul government then makes decisions about the country's affairs," he added.
Zarif also voiced Tehran’s support for the Afghans, saying, "Iran always seeks to help the Afghan government and nation."
The Afghan envoy, for his part, said the Kabul government should lead the peace process in the country.
Daudzai also praised the Islamic Republic's positive stance on developments in Afghanistan.
The Iranian foreign minister and the Afghan special envoy for peace also exchanged views about ways to strengthen Tehran-Kabul cooperation in various fields.
More than 17 years of US military presence in Afghanistan at the top of a military coalition have brought nothing but chaos and insecurity to the country, as a result of which all forms of organised crime, especially drug production and drug trafficking, have been skyrocketing. The country has also turned into a safe haven for a number of terrorist groups, especially ISIS.
Last month, Iran’s envoy to a meeting of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan, Rassoul Eslami, reiterated Tehran’s support for the Afghan peace process, praising the pivotal role played by the Kabul government in restoring peace to the war-torn country.
"The government of Afghanistan, as the representative of the Afghan people, plays a pivotal role in peace efforts," the Iranian envoy said, calling for cooperation between various political factions and the Kabul government.