Impossible to have future Afghanistan government without Afghan Taliban: Iran

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Impossible to have future Afghanistan government without Afghan Taliban: Iran

TEHRAN - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the future Afghanistan government will have Taliban Role.

He said that it is impossible to have a future Afghan government without a role for the Taliban. However, he said the group should not have a dominant role in a future Afghan government – which will be formed after a possible peace deal between Kabul government and the militant group.

“I think it would be impossible to have a future Afghanistan without any role for the Taliban. But we also believe that the Taliban do not have, should not have, a dominant role in Afghanistan. Of course, at the end of the day that is the decision that the Afghans need to make,” Zarif said in an interview with India’s NDTV on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Taliban confirmed that the group has visited Tehran on issues around peace and security in Afghanistan.

“The delegation visited Tehran to share Taliban’s views on ‘post-occupation’ scenario and establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region with Iranian officials,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban, said in a statement on January 1.