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Iran and Uzbekistan foreign ministers discuss Afghanistan in Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, and his Uzbekistani counterpart, Bakhtiar Saidov, discussed the situation in Afghanistan during their meeting in Tehran on Saturday.

In a statement following their meeting, the Iranian foreign ministry said that the two sides had reiterated on the need for cooperation on Afghanistan among the country’s neighbours.

 The statement said:  “Another issue which was discussed in the meeting was the situation in Afghanistan as a common neighbor of Iran and Uzbekistan. Amirabdollahian and Saidov underscored the need for cooperation and help from neighboring countries to strengthen peace and stability in Afghanistan.” 

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This follows a recent meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where special representatives on Afghanistan from Russia and neighbouring countries agreed to form a group to regularly discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

With the exception of Tajikistan where some anti-Taliban figures, including Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the armed group the National Resistance Front (NRF) are based,  Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries have maintained their relationship with the Taliban interim government, accepted their diplomats and kept their embassies active in Kabul.