Iran Still Not Ready To Recognize The New Afghan Government Despite Positive Meetings At Tehran


According to Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Iran is still some time away from officially recognizing the new government of neighboring Afghanistan. The Iranian spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Sunday’s high-level talks with the Afghan government representatives at Tehran were “positive”, but Iran is still “not at the point of officially recognizing them”. While talking to the press conference, he said that the current condition of Afghanistan is a major concern for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the visit of the Afghan delegation was within the framework of these concerns.
While criticizing the US policies, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said the US must lift its sanctions based on humanitarian grounds and to help the Afghan people and economy. He also promised that Iran will continue to send humanitarian aid to its neighbor.
The Afghan delegation, led by the group’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, met their Iranian counterparts led by Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Sunday. Amir Khan also stated that the Afghan Government is not against any of its neighboring countries.
The two sides also discussed political, economic, and refugee issues. It is expected that further meetings would be scheduled between two parties to discuss the issue of Iran’s water rights from the Helmand River.

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