Iran’s new ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday mentioned that the “defeat” of the USA in Afghanistan should usher in a sturdy peace within the neighbouring, war-wracked nation.
“The navy defeat and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan ought to provide a possibility to revive life, safety and lasting peace in that nation,” Raisi mentioned, quoted by his workplace.
The presidency assertion got here after the Taliban seized management of Kabul, however it didn’t point out the Taliban nor the autumn of the Afghan capital.
Raisi, who made the remarks in a name with outgoing Iran’s international minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, mentioned the Islamic republic needed good relations with Afghanistan.
Iran was “carefully monitoring the evolution of occasions in Afghanistan” and needs good neighbourly ties with it, he mentioned.
Raisi tasked Zarif and Iran’s Supreme Nationwide Safety Council to offer him up to date reviews on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the assertion added.
Iran shares a 900-kilometre (560-mile) border with Afghanistan, and hosts almost 3.5 million Afghans, in line with the UN refugee company.
In 1998, Taliban troops entered the Iranian consulate within the northern Afghan metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing a number of diplomats and an official information company journalist.
The Taliban later mentioned that they had been killed by people appearing independently, however Tehran held the motion chargeable for the deaths, which sparked outrage and almost triggered an Iranian navy intervention in Afghanistan.
Analysts say Tehran is taking a realistic stance on the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan.
On Sunday the Iranian international ministry mentioned it had decreased its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan.
The announcement got here shortly after the Taliban reached the outskirts of the Aghan capital.
Overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned a skeleton employees remained at Iran’s Kabul embassy and that workers had been additionally evacuated from three of out of 5 diplomatic missions in different Afghan cities.
Zarif in the meantime held Monday a gathering in Tehran with China’s particular envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong, the international ministry mentioned.
The talks centered on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, it mentioned.
Zarif on Sunday mentioned that “Iran stands able to proceed its peacemaking efforts” in Afghanistan.
“Violence and conflict — like occupation — by no means remedy issues,” he wrote on Twitter.
His talks with the Chinese language envoy come as a authorities spokeswoman in Beijing on Monday mentioned China was able to deepen “pleasant and cooperative” ties with Afghanistan.