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Inclusive government is path to peace and stability in Afghanistan, Iranian official says

Sayed Rasoul Mousavi, Assistant to Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has recently said that the international community and regional countries view the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan as a path for peace and stability.

Mousavi reacted to earlier statements made by Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s main spokesperson, who told BBC Farsi that the establishment of an inclusive government is “a concern of the Afghan people” and urged the neighboring state “to refrain from interfering in the country’s internal affairs.”

“The need for an inclusive government in Afghanistan was mentioned in the UN Security Council Resolution 2513 on March 10, 2020, as the only way to establish durable peace and stability. It was further emphasized in Resolution 2593 on August 30, 2021,” The Iranian official said in a series of tweets on Friday.

“This issue has been raised in every international meeting on Afghanistan, including the recent meetings held in Doha, Qatar.” He added.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had earlier too emphasized its call for the formation of an “inclusive” government with the participation of all ethnic groups in the country as the “solution” to Afghanistan’s crises.

Afghanistan remains isolated from most parts of the world and the Taliban regime has not been recognized by any country so far owning to several reasons, mainly involving the issue of inclusive government and respect for human rights, particularly the rights of women and girls.

Iran has maintained diplomatic ties with the Taliban and facilitated the handover of the Afghanistan embassy in Tehran to the Taliban, once the diplomats appointed by the previous government were removed.