Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “we are holding talks with different parties of Afghanistan. We believe that the genuine intra-Afghan dialogue is the only solution for Afghanistan… [and] we are ready to facilitate talks”. He maintained that “the Taliban are not all Afghanistan. They are part of Afghanistan and part of the government and the future solution of Afghanistan”, adding: “What is important is an inclusive government that includes all the genuine Afghan groups and achieves a peaceful and lasting solution in Afghanistan”. The spokesperson went on to voice concern that “violence in Afghanistan has escalated to alarming levels and some minorities are under pressure”.
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