Iran hosts Taliban delegation to talk Afghan peace

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Tehran is currently hosting a delegation of Taliban leaders to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan. “To work toward peace in Afghanistan, we will sit down with all Afghan political groups and they [the Taliban delegation] are here for the same purpose,” Zarif told reporters following a Cabinet meeting in Tehran Nov. 27.

According to the top Iranian diplomat, Tehran’s efforts are aimed at promoting an all-inclusive internal dialogue on Afghanistan’s future following a full withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-ravaged country.

Zarif’s comments came one day after Taliban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed broke the news on Twitter. The delegation, headed by Taliban bureau chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is expected to meet with other senior Iranian officials.

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