KABUL: Bahadur Aminian, the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan, says Iran would like the Afghan peace process not to be under the monopoly of ‘some countries’.
“The Taliban are part of Afghanistan’s reality who need to be merged into Afghanistan’s structure. But the peace process should come out from under the monopoly of certain countries and must be returned to its real track. I think the conditions that we see today in Doha aren’t the conditions to help ensure the interest of the Afghan people,” said Aminian.
The envoy also called on the Taliban to eliminate violence and to step up the process of reconciliation.
Aminian, however, assured that the country didn’t play out its rivalries with other countries in Afghanistan. “If we have any differences with the US, we do not address issues with the US in Afghanistan,” Aminian added.
This is while Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy leader of the Taliban, arrived in Tehran to meet high-rank Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Baradar’s trip to Iran was carried out in collaboration with the Afghan government.
However, Iran has been a prominent opponent of Washington’s stance on the Afghan peace process and has said that if Washington does not change its policy, there will be no solution to Afghanistan’s crisis.