A Taliban delegation from Afganistan, who is visiting Iran for the second time since the end of US-Taliban talks in this September, spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif.
On Tuesday night, a delegation led by Taliban central negotiator Mullah Baradar Called on Zarif, the Afghan group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on his Twitter account.
The meeting emphasized the need for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan and highlighted the importance of initiating Afghan-Afghan talks in a war-ravaged country and forming a comprehensive and inclusive government.
Speaking to reporters back in December 2018, in then-Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi said that considering that 50 percent of Afganistan’s territory is under Taliban control and insecurity and in view of instability in that country, Iran and the Taliban have held negotiations, albeit with the knowledge of the Kabul government.
The main purpose of these talks is to engage in a dialogue between the Afghan group and the Kabul government to move ahead with the peace process, he said.
”Iran, as a neighbor and major regional player, was willing to play an important role in establishing stability in Afghanistan after negotiations with the Kabul government,” Qassemi said at the time.