Iran rules out recognition of Afghanistan’s current Taliban rulers

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian stated that Tehran is dissatisfied with the fact that an inclusive government has not yet been formed in Afghanistan, adding that Iran will not recognize the current leaders of the Afghan Taliban.

Amirabdollahian said on Thursday that we have repeatedly expressed our displeasure to the Taliban operating in Afghanistan.

He said that the Taliban is only part of the reality in Afghanistan, and not all of it.

A senior Iranian diplomat referred to the killing of eight Iranian diplomats and a journalist by the Taliban in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan in 1998, saying: outside, but the interaction of the two countries”.

Amirabdollahian said that Iran wants to contribute to the peace process in Afghanistan and added that we expect the leaders of the Afghan Taliban to follow that example.

Iran’s foreign minister reaffirmed Iran’s water rights from the Helmand River under the 1973 treaty between Iran and Afghanistan.

Referring also to the efforts aimed at the elimination of the Iran nuclear agreement, JCPOA and anti-Iranian sanctions, he said that good progress has been made in that direction.

“The JCPOA is an internationally recognized document, we strive for the lifting of sanctions,” said the Iranian Foreign Minister.

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