Iran to Focus on Inclusive Government, Terrorism and Illicit Drug Trafficking at Tehran Ministerial Meeting on Afghanistan
Iran will hold a Tehran ministerial meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday and will focus on issues such as inclusive government, terrorism and illicit drug trafficking. “Iran’s initiative, which has been welcomed by all foreign ministers of neighboring countries, is expected to pave the way for the resolution of some common concerns such as humanitarian and relief operations. , trade, border security, the fight against terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and other crimes through constructive dialogues, and the result is fruitful results for a shared and sustainable future ”, reads- one in a press release from the Iranian embassy in New Delhi.
Foreign ministers from neighboring countries including China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Russia at Iran’s invitation will meet in Tehran to discuss how the nations Afghanistan’s neighbors can contribute to the peace, security and development of that country, in particular by forming an inclusive government with the active participation of all ethnic groups in the new situation. “This meeting will take place as a continuation and as a second round of discussions which were virtually hosted by Pakistan on September 8, 2021,” the statement added.
Iran firmly believes and shares that a stable, secure and developed Afghanistan with a thriving and sustainable economy will safeguard the interests of all of its neighbors in the region. “In addition, the Afghan people should have the right to liberty and other basic human rights and it is the Afghan people who could determine their future and destiny. The independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan should also be maintained and respected, and its territory should in no case be used for a terrorist threat against other countries and nations, ”the statement said.
During India’s presidency of the Security Council last month, a United Nations Security Council Resolution 2593 (UNSCR) was passed. This resolution demands that Afghan territory not be used to threaten or attack any country or to finance terrorist acts, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist groups. “Recalling the estimated 3 million Afghan refugees already living in Iran and its continued offer of humanitarian support and services to Afghans, the Islamic Republic of Iran has supported Afghanistan in difficult times, in particular its resistance to the foreign occupation and deal with severe impacts of natural disasters, ”the statement read.
“However, in the current situation and with the new waves of Afghan refugees, other countries should not shirk their duty to assist Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Iran which bears the heavy burden of receiving them. “, adds the press release.
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