Desist from making provoking remarks: Taliban to Iran


KABUL: The Taliban insurgent group has strongly condemned the recent remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, terming them irresponsible and misconceived that could harm relations between the two friendly and neighboring countries. 
In an interview with Tolo News on Sunday, Zarif stated that the US-Taliban agreement was not in Afghanistan’s interest and that Iran opposed the accord as a dangerous act. 
Meanwhile, referring to Iran’s stance in this regard, he called the Taliban an insurgent terrorist group. 
“The Taliban have committed many terrorist acts. We have not removed the Taliban [from our list of] terrorist groups, in our laws,” said Zarif. 
However, the Taliban, in a statement released on Tuesday, harshly reacted to Zarif’s remarks. 
The group accused Iran of meddling in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, saying, “The Islamic Emirate is not in any UN terror list, and comments by Iranian Foreign Minister in this regard are based on inaccurate information. We urge Iranian officials to avoid aggravating Afghan sensitivities with such irresponsible statements.”
“We have always sought and continue to seek positive relations with all neighboring countries, including Iran, and we expect the same from them; therefore, we call on them to desist from such remarks in the future so that we are also not forced to respond,” the statement concluded.