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Statement: Afghan Gov’t Informed of Taliban Delegation’s Visit to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan’s foreign ministry declared in a statement on Tuesday that it is informed of a delegation of Taliban group to Tehran to negotiate with Iranian officials on the Afghan peace process.

“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has informed the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan about the visit of the Taliban delegation to Iran and has already requested and received the views of the Government of Afghanistan in this regard,” the statement said.

Elaborating on the purpose of the Taliban delegation's visit to Iran, it said in addition to a declaration of its views, Tehran informs the Taliban on the existence of a regional consensus on immediate ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement within the framework of the Republic system and preservation of Afghanistan’s constitutional values.

“Iran wants to ensure that the post-conflict Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for the terrorist groups and remains a center of regional and international cooperation,” the statement added.

It expressed the hope that the Taliban would comply with the legitimate demands of the Afghan people to stop the bloodshed and ensure lasting peace.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that a delegation of the Taliban group arrived in Tehran early Tuesday to negotiate with Iranian officials on the Afghan peace process.

Khatibzadeh said that the head of Taliban’s political bureau, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and his accompanying delegation have come to Tehran upon the invitation of the Iran’s foreign ministry.

“The Taliban delegation is scheduled to meet with senior Iranian diplomats to talk about the latest developments regarding the Afghan peace process and the related issues,” he added.

In relevant remarks in December 2020, Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi said that his country supports the Afghanistan peace negotiations, stressing that Tehran places the interests of the Afghan people above all other interests.

Takht Ravanchi said during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Afghanistan on Thursday December 17 that Iran fully endorses the ongoing peace talks in Doha, noting that what is of the primary importance for his country are the national interests in Afghanistan.