Iran welcomes return of stability to Afghanistan

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson welcomed a recent deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban to press on with peace talks.

In a statement on Thursday, Saeed Khatibzadeh reaffirmed Iran’s support for peaceful solutions, restoration of calm, and establishment of security in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

He also welcomed the recent deal for advancing the peace talks in Afghanistan, expressing hope that the launch of negotiations with the purpose of establishing a ceasefire, which is a demand of the Afghan people, would result in the achievement of a final agreement and creation of sustainable stability in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government and the Taliban said on Wednesday they have reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war.

The new agreement that lays out the way forward for further discussion is considered as a breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire.

The agreement came after months of discussions in Doha, the capital of Qatar.