Iran Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) and Sergey Lavrov (L)

Dushanbe (IP): Iran's minister of foreign affairs held a meeting with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe.

Iran PressAsia: Stressing the expansion of all-out ties with Russia, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, highlighted the dire need for consultation of the two countries about regional issues, especially the ones related to Afghanistan. 

Referring to the current complicated situation in Afghanistan, Amir-Abdollahian called it the result of the irresponsible and scandalous withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan and blamed the US government for the current situation in the Asian country.

During the meeting, Lavrov congratulated Amir-Abdollahian on his appointment and invited him to visit Moscow and continue consultations.

It should be noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the resolution of the Afghan issue in the formation of an inclusive government with the participation of representatives of all ethnic groups and emphasizes the efforts of Iran to encourage the achievement of this goal.

It is to be noted that following last night's brief quadripartite meeting and separate meetings and talks of the foreign ministers, it was agreed that a joint quadrilateral statement of the foreign ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the political situation in Afghanistan will be issued today.

Earlier, the Iranian Foreign Minister invited his Russian counterpart to attend a meeting of Afghanistan's neighbors hosted by Tehran.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit kicked off today (Friday) in Dushanbe with the participation of the leaders of 12 member and observer states, including Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


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