The Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahadur Aminian, said that Iran would like the Afghan peace process out from under the monopoly of 'certain nations.'
Meanwhile, the Taliban's deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has arrived in Tehran where he is meeting top Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that Baradar’s trip to Tehran was conducted in coordination with the Afghan government.
The delegation will talk to Iranian officials about the relations between the two countries, the situation of the Afghan refugees, and the current political and security situation of Afghanistan and region, said Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem on Tuesday.
The Iranian envoy said that the Taliban are a reality in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban are part of the reality in Afghanistan that needs to be merged into the structure of Afghanistan and the present structures of the country. But the peace process should come out from under the monopoly of certain countries and must be returned to its real track. I think the conditions that we see today in Doha aren’t the conditions to help ensure the interest of the Afghan people,” said Aminian, the Iranian envoy to Kabul.
Iran has also called on the Taliban to reduce violence and expedite the peace process.
“If we are in a rivalry or have enmity with any other country, it does not play out in Afghanistan, as it is a different scene. If we have any differences with the US, we do not address issues with the US in Afghanistan,” added Aminian.
“The trip today to Iran means that Iran’s role in Afghanistan has been a positive role, not a negative one,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.
“In our perspective, the trip by this delegation to Iran is a tactical trip. The Taliban think about the collapse of the system and the unilateral occupation from their restored power. Their peace is false and their war is realistic,” said military analyst Saleh Mohammad Registani.
Iran has been a major critic of Washington’s policy toward the Afghan peace process and has said that there will be no solution to the conflict in Afghanistan if Washington does not change its course.