Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hosted a meeting with Taliban and Afghan government officials, voicing Iran’s “readiness… to support the process of inter-Afghan peace talks” and its “commitment to contribute to the comprehensive political, economic and social development of Afghanistan after the establishment of peace”. The participants subsequently jointly asserted that “all efforts must be directed towards a political and peaceful solution”, while deeming “the intra-Afghan meeting held in Tehran as a new opportunity to strengthen the political solution to the Afghanistan problem”. Commenting on the talks, a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson asserted that “Afghanistan’s neighbours and countries in the region, they too have a stake in Afghanistan’s future. They need to use their influence in ways that are positive… What Iran is trying to do or is in the process of doing by hosting this meeting may well be constructive. I think the jury is still out”.
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