Tehran (IP) - The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on Sunday, during a meeting with Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan in Tehran, stressed Iran's support for the peace process in Afghanistan.

Iran PressIran news: "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the peace process in Afghanistan with the ownership of the Afghan government and the participation of all Afghan political groups, including the Taliban," said Abbas Araghchi.

Araghchi also stressed the need to protect the achievements of the Afghan people over the past two decades, especially the constitution and democratic structures of the country, and the importance of paying attention to the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and women's rights during peace talks.

Araghchi added: "The problems created for the people of Afghanistan have been due to the wrong approaches and the one-sided policy of the US government in relation to the peace process in that country."

The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister also stressed the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in facilitating inter-Afghan talks and hosting international consultations, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with the United Nations in this regard.

Deborah Lyons also referred to the positive role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in supporting Afghanistan's government and people and expressed the United Nations' readiness to help advance the peace process in Afghanistan.

In this regard, the two sides expressed concern about the increase in casualties in the Afghanistan war and considered the reduction of violence necessary to provide space for progress in the inter-Afghan dialogue.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan also noted the importance of implementing economic plans to develop Afghanistan's infrastructure and helping to improve the economic situation of the Afghan people, highlighting the past good actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the need to use existing capacities.

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