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Iran welcomes direct talks between Afghan, Pakistani leaders
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_03_karzai(8).jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry welcomes direct talks between leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan meant to address bilateral issues and help bring peace and stability to the region. 
 
According to Reuters, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting in Islamabad on Monday, in which the Afghan leader stressed the need for Pakistan’s help in arranging peace talks with the Taliban.
 
Tehran has always approved of bilateral and multilateral talks between the countries of the region in order to help settle regional issues and believes that any plan imposed by extra-regional powers not only will not serve the interests of the countries in the region but will threaten peace and stability through complicating matters further, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday. 
 
The issues relating to Pakistan and Afghanistan have always been of concern to Tehran, Araqchi said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help the two neighborly, friendly, and brotherly countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan resolve their bilateral issues in order to help promote peace and stability in the region.   
 
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