Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif remarked “there is no military solution in Afghanistan. The presence of foreign forces has never brought stability in our region and has historically provided a recruiting ground for extremists”. “The announcement of a timetable for a responsible exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan”, he added, “would prepare the necessary ground for the Afghan government to promote peace and reconciliation process at the national level. In that regard, we support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process with the participation of all political groups and factions including the Taliban with the Afghan government in the center”. Zarif went on to maintain that “we would also use every means at our disposal to facilitate a peace process that would preserve the achievements of the 2001 Bonn Conference, in particular, the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as a solid foundation for any political solution”.
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