Tehran (IP): Welcoming the start of talks between the Afghan government, political groups, and the Taliban, the Iranian Foreign Ministry cited the continued presence of foreign forces as one of the main reasons for the continuation of the war in the country.

Iran PressIran News: Afghanistan peace talks between the government, political groups, and the Taliban began today (Saturday) in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Iran's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that all issues and problems in Afghanistan can be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, and that the withdrawal of foreign troops is an unavoidable prerequisite for peace and security in the country.

The statement added that Iran hopes that the government, political groups, and the Taliban can reach a lasting agreement while preserving the valuable achievements of the Afghan people, including the constitution, democratic structures, inclusive political participation, women's rights, and dignity, and the rights of ethnic and religious minorities to ensure the peace, well-being, and prosperity of the Afghan people and in turn enable Afghan refugees to return to their homeland and play their role in the reconstruction, growth, and development of Afghanistan.

The statement expressed hope that the talks would lead to the desired results for the establishment of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and security in the region, without foreign intervention and in a comprehensive understanding between Afghans.

The Foreign Ministry of Iran, by announcing again its readiness to assist in advancing the peace process in Afghanistan as in the past and to provide its facilities and capabilities for this purpose, condemns any political opportunism and business profiteering, especially the US government's use of inter-Afghan talks for electoral exploitation, and considers it disruptive of these talks.


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