The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force has warned of an American plot to pit Shia-majority Iran against Sunni Muslims, stressing the need for a peaceful solution to the crisis in neighboring Afghanistan with the participation of different groups in running the country, according to lawmakers.
Brigadier Gen. Esmail Qa’ani attended a closed-door briefing session at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Tuesday over the situation in Afghanistan, which has been suffering from a power vacuum since the collapse of the Kabul government and the Taliban militant group’s takeover of the country.
Briefing reporters after the session, the spokesperson for the Presiding Board of Iran’s Parliament, Seyyed Nizamuddin Mousavi, said the Quds Force chief provided precise and documented information with sharp analysis on the developments unfolding in Afghanistan.
The senior lawmaker, sharing details about the meeting, said Iran’s stance is clear, based on what Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly emphasized, that it cannot remain indifferent to what is happening in its eastern neighbor.
Qa’ani’s remarks, he stressed, made it clear that the Islamic Republic is “not surprised” by the dramatic developments in Afghanistan and “is in contact” with the Taliban.
Quoting from the speech of the IRGC Quds Force commander, Mousavi said Iran’s main interest in Afghanistan is to “ensure security and rights” of Afghans themselves, while not allowing security at its borders with the country to be disrupted.
Source: Press TV