Iran calls for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan

Speaking alongside the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara on Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, called on the Taliban to form an inclusive government which represented “all influential groups”.

Iran has not officially recognised the Taliban, but recently accepted the group’s diplomats and facilitated the handover of the Afghan embassy in Tehran from the diplomats appointed by the previous government.

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Amirabdollahian said that Iran hopes for the prompt establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, which he also discussed during his meetings with Taliban officials.

The Taliban has rejected international calls for the formation of a government represented by all ethnic groups and political parties. 

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, said in a reportpublished on 6 March, said that only 5 out of 30 cabinet members in the Taliban government were non-Pashtun.