Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Amir Saied Iravani, has reiterated Iran's determination to collaborate in initiatives promoting lasting peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Speaking during a UN Security Council briefing in New York, Iravani emphasized the importance of international efforts contributing not only to normalizing relations with the Taliban but also to improving the overall situation for the people of Afghanistan.
In his address, Iravani stated, "Iran remains steadfast in its commitment to close collaboration with neighboring countries, relevant partners, and the United Nations to promote lasting peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan." He urged the de facto authorities in Afghanistan to fulfill their international obligations, particularly with regard to neighboring countries.
Highlighting the ongoing threat posed by Daesh and al-Qaeda affiliated groups, Iravani underscored Iran's active engagement with the ruling faction in Kabul. This engagement, conducted through bilateral and regional mechanisms, aims to enhance the humanitarian situation and facilitate Afghanistan's economic recovery.
Additionally, Iravani emphasized the need for regional cooperation to address Afghanistan's challenges, urging neighboring countries to prevent the re-entry of the United States into the region. He called for impartial humanitarian aid, the lifting of sanctions, and support for Afghanistan's economic recovery.
However, the Iranian envoy criticized Afghan authorities for the lack of significant steps toward genuine ethnic and political inclusion, as well as the imposition of severe restrictions on women and girls, limiting their access to education.
Iravani called on members of the US-led NATO military alliance to fulfill their responsibilities to the Afghan nation, especially those accountable for the current situation in the country. He deemed it unfair and counterproductive if these responsibilities were neglected.
The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, prompting a chaotic withdrawal of US-led foreign forces and the rapid collapse of the country's security forces. Iravani also highlighted the impact of US sanctions on Afghanistan, contributing to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.