Iran requires US to unfreeze Afghan funds amid humanitarian disaster

Iran known as for the United States to launch Afghanistan’s frozen funds, however mentioned it isn’t prepared to acknowledge the Taliban-led authorities following high-level talks between the Islamist group and Iranian officers.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi visited Tehran over the weekend for talks a spokesperson mentioned would concentrate on “political, economic, transit and refugee issues between Afghanistan and Iran.”

Iran shares a 900-kilometer (560-mile) border with Afghanistan and hosts some 3.6 million Afghan refugees. Since the Taliban’s takeover in August, tons of of 1000’s of Afghan civilians have escaped into neighboring Iran utilizing casual border crossings.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh described the talks as “positive,” however mentioned Iran is “not at the point of officially recognizing” Afghanistan’s new leaders. 

“The current condition of Afghanistan is a major concern for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the visit of the Afghan delegation was within the framework of these concerns,” Khatibzadeh mentioned in a press convention on Monday, in accordance with Al Jazeera.

No nation has provided official recognition to Taliban, which in September unveiled an all-male cupboard that features a US-designated terrorist and is dominated by ethnic Pashtuns. Last week, Iran’s ambassador to Kabul, Bahador Aminian, instructed TOLOnews that Iran will solely acknowledge an “inclusive” authorities fashioned by the Taliban. 

Shiite Iran didn’t acknowledge the Sunni motion when it was final in energy from 1996 to 2001, throughout which the Taliban violently oppressed Afghanistan’s Shiite Hazaras and different ethnic minorities. The Taliban’s execution of at the very least eight Iranian diplomats and a journalist within the northern Afghan metropolis of Mazar-e-Sharif in 1998 introduced Iran and the Taliban to the brink of struggle. 

Iran, nonetheless, has pledged to work with Afghanistan’s new Taliban leaders regardless of their traditionally rocky relationship.  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has described the United States’ “military defeat” in Afghanistan as an opportunity for peace.

During the talks in Tehran, Iran Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian pledged humanitarian support for Afghanistan and called for the release of the Afghan government’s financial assets, which the Biden administration froze in August.  

“The assets of Afghanistan blocked by America … should be used for humanitarian purposes and improvement of the living conditions in Afghanistan,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

During his visit to Iran, the Taliban’s foreign minister also met with exiled resistance leaders Ahmad Massoud and Ismail Khan and “assured them that anyone can come to Afghanistan and live without any concerns.” 

“It’s home to all, and we do not create insecurity or other problems for anyone. Everyone can come freely and live,” Muttaqi mentioned in a video posted to Twitter Monday. 

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