Iranian diplomat in Kabul after holding talks with Taliban

  • Date of Publication : 6/01/2019 at 14:07 GMT
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Abbas Araghchi

Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Abbas Araghchi, arrived in Kabul on Saturday, nearly a week after he held talks with the Taliban in Tehran.

The diplomat met with President Ashraf Ghani in the presidential palace where they discussed the importance of state-to-state relations, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and better use of Chabahar port, the president’s office said in a statement.

Araghchi briefed the president about his country’s recent meeting with the Taliban and assured of commitment to the principle of Afghan leadership and ownership of peace process.

They also emphasized on increased coordination in all areas for effective results.

This is Araghchi’s second visit to Afghanistan in three months.

Ten days ago, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, visited Kabul where he revealed that Iran had been holding talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government.

He said that the talks were held “to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan.”

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