Iran to host conference to discuss Afghanistan’s future

The foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring states, including Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, will participate in a one-day conference in Tehran to discuss the situation in the Taliban-ruled country.

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On Wednesday, the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring states will come together in Tehran for a one-day conference that will focus on the Taliban-ruled country’s future. The foreign ministers of Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan are expected to participate in the meeting. Russian and Chinese foreign ministers will also reportedly attend the conference through video conference.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who said his term’s foreign policy priority is establishing relations with the region, will inaugurate the meeting. A day before, Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held bilateral talks with each foreign minister separately.

According to the statement issued by Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the conference aims to provide a solid stance that would be shared by all of Afghanistan’s neighboring states in the call for “the formation of an inclusive government in the country.”

Among the topics that will be handled during the conference, there are controlling refugee waves that erupted after the Taliban took over the control of the country, ensuring economic security for Afghanistan, and fighting against radicalism.

The conference will come after the meeting at the foreign ministerial level that Pakistan held through a video conference in early September.

Tehran has pursued its firm stance, regarding the establishment of an “inclusive” government in Afghanistan. It has maintained this attitude even after the Taliban formed an administration, which does not include ethnic and religious groups or women.

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