Tehran announced that it will host a multilateral meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Russia, next week. The Iranian foreign ministry confirmed that the state representatives will convene on October 27 to consider the future of Afghanistan, Aljazeera reported. In a press conference on Monday, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that those in attendance will be Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
Khatibzadeh stated that the meeting will continue virtual discussions between the parties which were held in early September, according to Aljazeera. “The six countries will be focused on how they can help form an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the presence of all ethnic groups,” Khatibzadeh said, “and how they can help shape a future of peace and security in Afghanistan.” When the Taliban took control of the country’s capital Kabul in mid-August, debates commenced on whether the group changed its ways since its position of power more than two decades ago.
criticism position, Aljazeera suggested, is that it wants an inclusive government and stability in its eastern neighbor. Tehran considers this as a necessary condition for its national security. The newly formed Taliban administration is under criticism for not including ethnic and religious minority groups, or women, sparking calls for reform, Aljazeera reported.
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