The foreign minister of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, saying that the path to resolve the current crisis in the country depends on a unified state and the support of neighboring countries.
Tehran on Wednesday hosted a high-level meeting of neighboring countries to discuss the Afghanistan situation.
The country’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, was expected to open the meeting but instead Iran’s foreign minister kicked off the conference. He stressed that the neighbor countries of Afghanistan should ensure the security of Afghans and security of borders.
“We support the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan,” he said. “We should stress that the responsibility for the security of the citizens of Afghanistan and borders belongs to (those) who are in power there,” he added.
Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who also participated in the conference, said on Twitter that the international and regional community must remain engaged in providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
“We must continue to convince the Taliban to take the next steps while incentivizing this process,” he said.
This is the second conference that neighboring countries have held on Afghanistan. The foreign ministers of Russia and China participated via Zoom.
A delegation of the Islamic Emirate was not invited to the conference.
Kabul expects the Tehran conference to conclude with a positive result for incentivizing diplomatic ties between Afghanistan and Iran.