• India in touch with key stakeholders in Afghanistan 2019-02-04 23:25

    India in touch with key stakeholders in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - In the wake of ongoing peace talks between various stakeholders in Afghanistan and the Afghan Taliban, India is preparing for any eventuality by being in touch with key political stakeholders in the country.

  • Pakistan's exports 2019-02-04 23:23

    Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan plummet

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s exports to neighboring Afghanistan have dwindled by 41.57 percent to just $1.4 billion in 2018-19 from $2.6 billion in 2010-11, according to latest figures.

  • Ghani 2019-02-04 23:09

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Govt, politicians in Afghanistan on the warpath over talks with Taliban

    TEHRAN - Afghanistan’s politicians are on the warpath with government over peace talks with the Taliban, a situation that threatens to disrupt the fragile political environment in the run up to general elections in July.

  • کمیسیون انتخابات افغانستان 2019-02-02 20:29

    Iran reiterates support for govt.-led Afghan peace talks  

    TEHRAN – Iran’s envoy to a meeting of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan has voiced Tehran’s support for the Afghan peace process.

  • U.S. Caught Helping ISIS Commanders Escape from Taliban Prison in Afghanistan 2019-01-28 17:00

    U.S. Caught Helping ISIS Commanders Escape from Taliban Prison in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – A large number of prisoners, all of them senior members of Daesh (also ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group, broke out of a Taliban prison in northwest Afghanistan after US troops helped them escape through a covert operation. 

  • Tehran denounces suicide attack in Kabul 2019-01-22 22:09

    Tehran denounces suicide attack in Kabul

    TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Tuesday condemned a suicide attack on a military center west of the Afghan capital Kabul, which claimed the lives of dozens of people.

  • Rivals launch political marathon in Afghanistan 2019-01-21 11:38

    Rivals launch political marathon in Afghanistan

    A confident and relaxed President Ashraf Ghani launched his reelection campaign Sunday, registering as a candidate at the national election commission and then delivering a lengthy speech on peace, poverty and the need for a strong government to unite all Afghans and end 17 years of insurgent conflict in a “just and honorable” way.

  • Nancy Pelosi 2019-01-18 13:39

    Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi foreign trip, citing shutdown

    U.S. President Donald Trump has postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's upcoming trip to Brussels and Afghanistan, asking her to stay to negotiate an end to the partial U.S. government shutdown, BBC reported.

  • falahat 2019-01-14 20:59

    Iran talked to Taliban to foil plot by Daesh backers: MP

    TEHRAN - Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh has said that Iran held talks with Taliban to foil plots by Daesh supports in Afghanistan.

  • rahimpour 2019-01-12 21:53

    Iran holds talks with Taliban for border security: ex-diplomat

    TEHRAN - Former Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour has said that Iran held talks with Taliban for security of its borders with Afghanistan.

  • M K Bhadrakumar 2019/01/12

    By M K Bhadrakumar

    ‘Gadkari effect’ on growing Iran-India relations

    TEHRAN - If the ‘Newton Effect’ in physics has an equivalent in international diplomacy, we can describe what is happening to India-Iran relations as the ‘Gadkari Effect’. Like in the case of the 18th century English scientist Isaac Newton’s optical property of physics, the minister in the Indian government Nitin Gadkari – arguably, by far the best performing colleague of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – has created a series of concentric, alternating rings centered at the point of contact between the Indian and Iranian economies.

  • firouzabadi 2019-01-10 09:21

    Military advisor: Iran can help Taliban, Afghan govt. reach common understanding

    TEHRAN – Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, a top military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, has said Iran can help the Taliban and the Afghan government reach a common understanding for stabilizing Afghanistan.

  • Zarif 2019-01-07 23:25

    Ghani’s ‘peace envoy’ to visit Pakistan

    TEHRAN - Afghan President President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for peace and head of High Peace Council's (HPC) secretariat, Umer Daudzai is expected to visit Pakistan this week.

  • Pakistan-Turkey 2019-01-06 11:49

    Turkey to host trilateral meet on Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan made his maiden visit to Turkey after coming to power and held wide-ranging talks with Turkish officials, including President Recep Erdogan.

  • Afghanistan-India's national security advisers 2019-01-06 11:48

    The national security adviser of India, Afghanistan hold talks

    TEHRAN - Following the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, new alliances are taking shape between Afghanistan and its regional allies, paving way for new conversations.

  • Modi-Trump 2019-01-05 23:15

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Stung by ‘library’ remark, India lists Afghan projects to “educate” Trump

    TEHRAN - Donald Trump has become famously infamous for his eccentricity, grandiloquence, and off-the-cuff statements devoid of logic and lucidity. On the receiving end have been both friends and foes.

  • Araqchi briefs Ghani on Iran’s talks with Taliban 2019-01-05 20:39

    Araqchi briefs Ghani on Iran’s talks with Taliban

    TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who held talks with a Taliban delegation in Tehran on December 30, met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Saturday.

  • Tehran says not interfering in Afghan affairs 2019-01-04 22:05

    Tehran says not interfering in Afghan affairs

    TEHRAN – Presidential chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi has said talks between Iran and Taliban were held in coordination with the Afghan government, stressing that the Islamic Republic would never interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

  • Taliban 2019-01-02 20:18

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    In a first, Iran, Taliban discuss ‘post-occupation scenario’ in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - Putting speculation to rest, it was finally confirmed this week that the government of Iran held talks with a Taliban delegation on “post-occupation situation” in Afghanistan.

  • In this May 27, 2016, file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. (Allauddin Khan/AP) 2019-01-01 20:11

    The announcement signals a growing confidence among the Taliban for U.S. troops to pull out of Afghanistan

    Afghan Taliban says ‘post-occupation’ discussed with Iran

    The Taliban discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the group said Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible U.S. drawdown.

  • South Asia 2018-12-31 21:46

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi


    TEHRAN - The year gone by was shaped by many significant events in South Asia. There was drama, there was intrigue, there was betrayal, there was brutality, and there was a healing touch too.

  • Ghani 2018-12-31 21:45

    Afghan presidential polls delayed till July 20

    TEHRAN - In the wake of volatile security situation and lack of preparedness of election authorities, the presidential polls in Afghanistan have been delayed by three months.

  • Afghan troops 2018-12-29 20:38

    ‘Trump didn’t order Afghan troop withdrawal’

    TEHRAN - In a classic volte-face, White House has contradicted reports that the U.S. President Donald Trump ordered withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Apparently, in response to backlash at home and abroad, White House spokesman dismissed reports that Trump directed the military to pull 7,000 soldiers out of the war-torn country, Bloomberg reported.

  • Pakistan border 2018-12-29 20:15

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Pakistan fencing Afghan border to curb infiltration

    TEHRAN - Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two estranged neighbors with history of hostility and bad blood, have made concerted efforts in recent months to open a new chapter in their bilateral relations.

  • In this picture taken on November 21, 2018, Afghan policemen walk single-file as they display their skills at a police training centre on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar. (By AFP) 2018-12-28 21:02

    Pentagon admits Iran’s key role in restoring calm to Afghanistan

    The Pentagon has acknowledged Iran’s key role in restoring peace and stability to the war-torn Afghanistan, backtracking on Washington’s earlier claims that Tehran supports the local Taliban militant group.

  • Pakistan-China 2018-12-27 10:26

    Pakistan FM ends four-nation tour

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi completed his four-nation tour with a whirlwind visit to China on Tuesday, which has emerged as the strongest regional ally of Pakistan.

  • Shamkhani 2018-12-26 21:16

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Head of Political Desk

    Iran says has held talks with Taliban with knowledge of Afghan government 

    TEHRAN – Tehran has been holding talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul.

  • Iranian embassy denounces Kabul attack 2018-12-25 21:34

    Iranian embassy denounces Kabul attack

    TEHRAN – In a statement on Tuesday, the Iranian embassy in Afghanistan condemned the Monday terrorist attack in Kabul, ISNA reported.

  • China-Pakistan 2018-12-25 11:42

    Pakistan FM begins four-nation tour

    TEHRAN- Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Afghanistan on Monday morning on the first leg of his four-nation tour. Besides Afghanistan, Qureshi will also visit Iran, China and Russia.

  • Two anti-Pakistan figures 2018/12/25

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Two anti-Pakistan figures nominated to top security posts in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - In a very significant but debatable move, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has appointed two political rivals and avowed adversaries of neighboring Pakistan to two key ministries.