|Iran slams foreign interference in Afghanistan peace talks||
TEHRAN – The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has said that Afghanistan does not need any “foreign custodian” to lead peace negotiations, adding that holding talks between all Afghan groups is the only way out of the Afghan crisis.
Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly stated that the Afghan crisis has no military solution and negotiation is the only proper way out.”
“We are glad that the international community, though late, has acknowledged the inefficiency of the military approach.”
Iran supports any negotiation between various Afghan groups to serve the interests of the Afghanistan nation led by the Afghan government, Araqchi added.
The U.S. administration said last week that it would begin bilateral meetings with Taliban representatives, who opened an office in Qatar last week, to help end Afghanistan’s 12-year-old war.
On Thursday, the Afghan Foreign Ministry released a statement, condemning Taliban’s move to open the office in Qatar that was their first public re-entry to the international stage in almost 13 years, describing the compound as something akin to an embassy in exile instead of just a political outpost, according to Reuters.
At the official opening of the office, the Taliban had put up their flag and signs reading “Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” which is the name they used for their government when they ran Afghanistan before the U.S. invasion.
However, Afghan officials boycotted the negotiations and said they would not send their peace delegation to Qatar until the signs and flag were removed.
On Sunday, a member of the Afghan High Peace Council announced that the Taliban’s flag and flagpole have been taken down from the compound by the Qatari police.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and removed the Taliban from power.
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