Taliban has no place in Iran security strategy: Envoy

Kabul, July 31, IRNA – Iran’s Ambassador to Kabul has firmly denied claims that Tehran is cooperating with Taliban to connect them with Russian officials in a bid to use the militial in fight against Daesh terrorist group.

‘Taliban has no place in our security strategy,’ he told a meeting in Afghanistan Strategic Studies Center in Kabul on Thursday.

Bahrami said Iran does not accept the saying ‘Enemy of your enemy is your friend’, and has many times declared it is not going to support extremism under any condition, because extremism is not controllable.

The dossier of IRNA’s martyred correspondent and eight Iranian diplomats in Mazar-Sharif in not closed yet, the envoy said, so it is evident that we have to maintain intelligence control and supervision on Taliban.

To a question on Iran’s concern regarding filling of Salma dam’s reservoir, Bahrami replied that all existing issues in bilateral relations between Iran and Afghanistan, including water, could serve as an element of joint cooperation.

‘We use this natural phenomenon and other issues as a tool to strengthen ties. The issue of water like transit, trade, electricity and fossil fuels should be in joint cooperation field.’

All these issues, he stressed, should be considered as an opportunity; otherwise the game would not end in a win-win.

When an Afghan reporter asked about Khuff-Herat railway project, Bahrami answered that budget for the project has been approved, its construction has started and tracks-laying remains.

To a query on a scenario in which Iran and 5+1 nuclear deal does not reach the execution phase and relations between Iran and the US move toward a conflict, and whether Iran would still consider Daesh as a threat and will cooperate with Afghanistan to fight against the group, Bahrami replied positively.

‘Even if the agreement is not executed, we still consider them (Daesh) as a threat.’

Also answering a question concerning details of Tehran-New Delhi ties, Bahrami said India will cooperate in developing Chabahar Port and negotiations on Zahedan-Chabahar railway is underway.

Chabahar project is not in contrast with any country’s interests, the envoy said.