FM: Iran in Contact with All Afghan Groups
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran is in touch with all Afghan groups to help the formation of an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks on Tuesday in a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Tehran which is due to host a meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbors plus Russia tomorrow.
He once again stressed the need for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, while saying that Iran is in touch with all Afghan groups in line with that goal.
Amir Abdollahian added that Iran has maintained its security consultations and contacts with the "caretaker" or "interim" government in Afghanistan, adding that Tehran in the meantime has kept its borders open to Afghanistan for border trade as well as sending humanitarian aid to get Afghanistan out of the current situation.
"At tomorrow's meeting of the foreign ministers on Afghanistan in Tehran let us have a single message for the people of Afghanistan and the international community and the ruling and interim government of Afghanistan, and at the same time in order to find a way out of the current complicated situation in the region with the same language and perception and continuation of our collective efforts," the top Iranian diplomat said.
Qureshi, for his part, said that the people of Afghanistan deserve peace and tranquility as they have suffered enough and endured four decades of suffering, adding that now the Tehran meeting is to send a clear message to Afghans that their neighbors are with them.
Qureshi traveled to the Iranian capital of Tehran on Tuesday to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbors.
The meeting of foreign ministers of 6 neighbors of Afghanistan plus Russia will be held in Tehran on Wednesday with Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi in attendance.