• Zarif meets Afghan chief executive in Geneva 2018-11-27 22:10

    Zarif meets Afghan chief executive in Geneva

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah sat for talks on Tuesday in the Swiss city of Geneva, the Foreign Ministry website reported.

  • ‘Respecting human rights is a national security requirement’ 2018-11-27 21:54

    ‘Respecting human rights is a national security requirement’

    TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday held talks with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

  • Unity week 2018-11-27 10:20

    ‘Unity week’ marked with fervor in India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan

    TEHRAN _The ‘Islamic unity week’ (hafte wahdat), which marks the birth anniversary of Holy Prophet (pbuh), was observed across the world with tremendous fervor. Marked first time in Iran in mid-1980s, the ‘unity week’ has become a permanent annual event in many Muslim countries.

  • Iranian Army to ensure border security with Afghanistan 2018-11-26 22:48

    Iranian Army to ensure border security with Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – The Iranian Army Ground Force has been tasked with ensuring security along border with Afghanistan, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forced announced on Monday.

  • Afghanistan election 2018-11-26 21:45

    Afghan presidential polls to be delayed

    TEHRAN _ In the wake of security concerns and disarray in counting votes from last month’s parliamentary elections, the presidential polls in Afghanistan slated for April next year might be delayed.

  • Asif Durrani, Former Pakistan ambassador in Iran  2018-11-26 12:15

    By Asif Durrani, Former Pakistan ambassador in Iran 

    Mr Trump, you don’t know anything about Afghanistan!

    President Trump’s remarks against Pakistan last Sunday once again reminded the policy makers of the two countries about the seriousness of the Pakistan-U.S. relations negotiation, especially when a maverick person like Trump is directly involved in the conduct of bilateral relations.

  • zarif 2018-11-25 19:58

    Iran says Afghan peace talks should involve central government

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday discussing the situation in Afghanistan.

  • Taliban 2018-11-22 10:47

    Taliban not losing, admits U.S. general

    TEHRAN _ In a candid admission of U.S. defeat in Afghanistan after 18 years of war that began in 2001, U.S. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the Taliban "are not losing" in the war-torn country.

  • qassemi 2018-11-21 21:34

    Iran says terrorist blast in Kabul is aimed to fuel religious divide

    TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has strongly condemned a deadly terrorist blast in the Afghan capital Kabul, saying the act was intended to inflame religious division in the country.

  • Kabul 2018/11/21

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Kabul 'Mawlid' attack, Takfiri plot to divide Muslims

    TEHRAN_On Tuesday afternoon, a large congregation of top-notch Afghan clerics had assembled at a wedding hall in Kabul to mark the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). Festive fervor pervaded the air, as clerics, young and old, greeted and embraced each other in a beautiful spirit of camaraderie and compassion that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) preached and propagated all his life.

  • Tehran backs UN peace efforts in Afghanistan 2018-11-19 21:24

    Tehran backs UN peace efforts in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday voiced Iran’s readiness to help the UN efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan, Fars reported.

  • Ghani 2018-11-17 23:30

    ‘Moscow talks step towards peace’

    TEHRAN - The landmark conference in Moscow last week that saw the participation of Taliban representatives and officials from nearly a dozen countries was the “first and positive step” towards long-lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.

  • Afghanistan 2018-11-17 23:30

    Afghanistan among most dangerous places

    TEHRAN - Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia are the most dangerous places on earth, according to a new map designed for travelers that alerts them to risks abroad.

  • Ghani 2018-11-17 23:07

    Sharp rise in casualty toll of Afghan security forces since 2015

    TEHRAN - As the security situation in war-ravaged Afghanistan deteriorates, the Afghan government has revealed the numbers that are both deeply alarming and highly distressing.

  • Belt & Road 2018-11-15 11:03

    Pakistan, China urge Afghanistan to join CPEC, Belt & Road Initiative

    TEHRAN _ Pakistan and China have urged neighboring country Afghanistan to join the Belt & Road Initiative as well as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to reports.

  • TAPI 2018-11-15 10:56

    TAPI project makes headway

    TEHRAN _ The TAPI pipeline project, designed to diversify Turkmenistan’s gas exports, could deliver its first gas to Pakistan in two years, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) said on Tuesday.

  • Russia-U.S. 2018-11-15 10:55

    Russia hits back at U.S. over Afghan statement

    TEHRAN _ Russian Foreign Ministry has denounced a senior U.S. official's claim about Russia's interference in negotiations on Afghanistan as Washington's attempts to shift the blame for its own policy failures in the country.

  • U.S. in Afghanistan 2018-11-13 09:56

    ‘U.S. failed in Afghanistan’: Russia

    TEHRAN _ A few days after Moscow hosted landmark ‘peace talks’ on Afghanistan, a senior Russian diplomat said Moscow has offered to broker Afghan peace talks because the U.S. has failed in bringing peace to the war-ravaged country.

  • Taliban talks 2018/11/12

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Taliban talks: Dialogue and violence can’t go together

    TEHRAN _ Dialogue and violence cannot go hand in hand. The first cardinal principle of ‘peace negotiations’ is an unconditional ceasefire. That is how the two warring sides build trust, bury the hatchet and make peace with each other. You cannot extend an olive branch and point the barrel of gun at the same time. That renders the whole exercise futile.

  • Taliban 2018-11-11 10:12

    ‘Casualties in Afghan polls highest ever’

    TEHRAN _ The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections last month was higher than casualties recorded in four previous elections in Afghanistan, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report.

  • Afghanistan’s meeting 2018-11-10 22:54

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Moscow talks opportunity to “open a new page” in Afghanistan’s history

    TEHRAN _ On Friday, Russia hosted a landmark international meeting on Afghanistan, which saw the participation of representatives from the Taliban, Afghan government and many regional countries, including Iran.

  • Intl. conference cements common heritage along Silk Road 2018-11-10 22:45

    Intl. conference cements common heritage along Silk Road

    TEHRAN – A recent conference hosted delegations of experts and officials from Iran and other countries with the aim of cementing common heritage along the ancient Silk Road.

  • Ghani 2018-11-06 07:45

    ‘Peaceful Afghanistan in interest of region’

    TEHRAN - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that a peaceful Afghanistan is in the best interest of the region, especially Pakistan so all the regional countries should come together to ensure peace in Afghanistan.

  • Peace talks 2018-11-06 07:38

    Russia to host international ‘peace talks’ on Afghanistan on Nov 9

    TEHRAN -In a bid to broker peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Moscow will be hosting international talks on Afghanistan on November 9, which is likely to see participation of representatives from the Afghan government, the Taliban and regional countries.

  • Tehran condoles with Afghanistan over chopper crash 2018-10-31 20:57

    Tehran condoles with Afghanistan over chopper crash

    TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has voiced regret over the deadly crash of an army helicopter in Western Afghanistan, which claimed the lives of all crew members and passengers including several military and government officials.

  • DOE chief Isa Kalantari in a meeting with UNDP representative Ugochi Daniels 2018-10-31 20:10

    DOE chief demands UN to cooperate on negotiating Hamoun water right

    TEHRAN — Over a meeting held in Tehran on Wednesday with the UN resident coordinator and UNDP representative Ugochi Daniels, Issa Kalantari, chief of Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE), emphasized the need for negotiating with Afghanistan to discuss Hamoun Lake water right.

  • amiri 2018-10-28 21:17

    Vote of confidence session proof of political maturity: VP

    TEHRAN - Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Hossein-Ali Amiri said on Sunday that a Saturday parliamentary session to cast vote of confidence for four proposed ministers showed the country’s “political maturity”.

  • Afghan women 2018-10-18 09:06

    UN calls for women's participation in Afghan polls

    TEHRAN - United Nations mission in Afghanistan has called for peaceful parliamentary elections with women’s full participation – as candidates, electoral workers, observers and voters – terming it "the civil and political right of all women".

  • Afghanistan 2018-10-17 20:49

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Journalists in war-ravaged Afghanistan continue to walk a tightrope

    TEHRAN- s violence against journalists surges in Afghanistan and government faces the heat for failing to safeguard their rights, President Ashraf Ghani says his government is not at odds with the media and that government and the media should work together and be committed to implementing the law.

  • Afghan-Pakistan border 2018-10-16 19:42

    Tensions rise on Afghan-Pakistan border

    TEHRAN - After a brief period of uneasy calm, the tensions between estranged neighbors Pakistan and Afghanistan are again on the boil. A key border crossing between the two countries was shut on Monday as the troops exchanged fire across the border.