Spokesman: Iranian Missions in Kabul, Herat Active
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the country has kept open its embassy and consulate general in Kabul and Herat.
Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that the Iranian Embassy in Kabul and the Consulate General in Herat are open and operating.
Meanwhile, he said that the number of staff in the embassy has reduced to a level that the necessary activities of the mission are not disrupted.
Khatibzadeh had also stated about the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Herat that "our diplomats are safe and have no problem traveling to Iran, but for safety reasons, they have preferred to remain in the mission for the time being".
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected war and violence as a solution to the existing problems in the neighboring Afghanistan, reiterating Iran’s support for the establishment of sustainable peace in the war-hit country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its efforts to [help realize] reconciliation in Afghanistan,” the top diplomat wrote on his twitter page on Sunday.
Zarif's tweet came after the former Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, announced via a Sunday twitter post the establishment of a coordination council, attended by high-ranking Afghan officials, including the country's chief peace negotiator with the Taliban, Abdullah Abdullah, to be responsible for the “peaceful transfer of power” and reduce the possibility of further chaos and insecurity that would harm the Afghan people.
Karzai noted that the council was formed after Ghani and other officials left the country in order to manage Afghanistan's affairs in the best possible manner and pave the way for the peaceful transition of power.
Earlier on Sunday, a Taliban spokesman said the group expected a "peaceful transition of power” in the next few days after the militants entered Afghanistan's capital Kabul with little resistance amid evacuation of US diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.