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Iran and Pakistan foreign ministers concerned about Taliban women bans

Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, and his Pakistani counterpart, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, discussed the situation in Afghanistan in a telephone conversation on Saturday. 

In a statement issued by the Iranian foreign ministry, Amirabdollahian “expressed concern about the worrisome situation in Afghanistan. He voiced regret over the move to deprive girls of education in Afghanistan and stressed the necessity of forming an inclusive government in the country.” 

The Pakistani foreign minister “underlined the necessity of continuing the education of women in Afghanistan. He also stressed the need to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan and fight terrorism in the country,” reads the Iranian foreign ministry statement. 

Pakistan has, in recent weeks, accused the Taliban of providing sanctuaries to the Pakistani militant group, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), inside Afghanistan and has threatened military action unless the hideouts are dismantled.