Join Afghan peace process: US asks Iran


KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to join the Afghan peace process and the peace negotiations

Addressing a Webinar in Washington, he said “We have offered to meet with Iranians on this issue. “They should join us at various forums to discuss the future of Afghanistan.”

However, the US special representative alleged that Iran created problems for American efforts to stabilize the war-devastated country.

Khalilzad warned the US would respond if Iran-backed groups in Afghanistan acted against America and its coalition partners.

The Trump administration has urged Iran to join the Afghan peace negotiations, says US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

“We are monitoring them very closely. There have been occasionally disturbing actions that have had a negative impact,” the envoy claimed.

The development comes as the Iranian Foreign Ministry hailed the launch of intra-Afghan negotiations in the Qatari capital that got underway on September 12.  In a statement released, the ministry had said Iran “condemns any political opportunism and profiteering from the intra-Afghan talks, especially by the US government for electoral purposes and considers such moves to be disruptive to the talks.”