Friday, 16 April 2021 07:06 GMT

Afghanistan- As Iran welcomes 'inclusive government', Int'l missions condemn the violence


(MENAFN - Khaama Press)

    • Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister on Sunday met with the Taliban delegation and called for an inclusive government.

      The delegation led by Mullah Baradar was welcomed and the idea of an 'all-inclusive government with the participation of all ethnic and political groups in Afghanistan' was praised.

      According to Zarif, 'Political decisions could not be made in a vacuum, and the formation of an all-inclusive government must take place in a participatory process and by taking into account the fundamental structures, institutions, and laws, such as the Constitution,'.

      He told the Taliban delegation that Iran is ready to facilitate the Afghan peace process.

      'The noble people of Afghanistan have been wronged. The war and occupation of Afghanistan have dealt heavy blows to the Afghan people', Iran's Foreign Minister added.

      Mullah Baradar in return 'denounced destructive role of ISIK in Afghanistan' and expressed 'satisfaction with the process of intra-Afghan talks' and described the inclusive government important.

      Meanwhile, the Afghan Republic's religious delegation of peace talks team met with leaders of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Qatar.

      Both sides have discussed the peace negotiations and its procedures.

      Republic's team in a thread of tweets said IUMS described the Afghan war lacks religious legitimacy, and it is important to seek a political solution for the prolonged war to be ended.

      IUMS called for an immediate ceasefire and called it a religious obligation.

      The union demanded from all warring parties to agree to the ceasefire and peace as soon as possible.

      According to IUMS war in Afghanistan is based on 'political differences' and the role of neighboring countries in the peace process is fundamental.

      This comes as Afghan parliament on Sunday formed a 21 member committee on peace process, for directly being involved in the ongoing peace efforts.

      Mir Rahman Rahmani, Parliament Speaker said, that both sides of peace negotiating teams are trying to achieve power and this committee will encourage both parties to reach and gain real peace.

      'Going forward, the Wolesi Jirga should be directly involved in the peace process,' Rahmani added, 'The Wolesi Jirga should find out which side is delaying the talks, and evaluate the claims both sides are making of the other. The parliament delegation should be made aware of the reality and make a comprehensive plan based on it'.

      The Afghan parliament speakers indicated he has found access to an interim government draft setup.

      Rahmani said he has found access to the draft of an interim setup and he welcomes it but added that the plan needs to be comprehensive.

      According to Rahmani the draft is said to have been prepared by the United States and the Taliban for establishing an 'interim government', the parliament speaker welcomes the plan but as it mentions staying with the current system and national assembly but had many problems to be discussed.

      Earlier, The EU Delegation and international diplomatic missions in Afghanistan in a joint statement condemned the targeted killings and kidnappings in the country on Sunday. 

      The EU Delegation and the diplomatic missions of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States said that the continuation of assassinations, kidnappings, and destruction of vital infrastructure - all which directly harm the Afghan people.  

      'The international community has invested heavily in energy, food security, water resources, and road infrastructure for the benefit of the Afghan people,' adding that, 'We condemn the on-going destruction of vital infrastructure, including digging up roads, destroying cell towers, and blowing up energy stations by the Taliban'.  

      'These actions serve no purpose besides hurting the Afghan people who – largely due to decades of conflict -suffer from food insecurity and significant economic and development challenges, further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic,' the statement added.

      'We are standing side by side with those who are committed to bringing about an end to the conflict through an inclusive political settlement that ensures this country remains sovereign, united and democratic, at peace with itself and its neighbors, and preserving the human rights, development and economic achievements made over the past 19 years,' the statement read.

      'We continue to be steadfast in our resolve to assist the people of Afghanistan in achieving peace, justice, and development. We expect the Taliban to demonstrate its support for the people of Afghanistan by ending the violence, stopping the destruction of vital infrastructure, and committing to a sustainable peace, for the benefit of all Afghans,' the statement concluded.

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