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Intra-Afghan talks necessary for lasting peace: Zarif

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the need for different Afghan groups and the government to hold talks to achieve sustainable peace in the country.
Zarif, who was in Turkey for participation in Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF), made the remarks in a meeting with Head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday. He also emphasized holding intra-Afghan talks to end the conflict in the country.
Abdullah, for his part, appreciated the constructive efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this regard, and expounded on the latest situation of developments in Afghanistan.
Zarif also met and held talks in Turkey with Salahuddin Rabbani, the former Afghan foreign minister.
During the meeting he emphasized the need for cooperation of all political currents of Afghanistan to deal with the unpleasant and unfavorable security situation in Afghanistan.
For his part, Rabbani elaborated on the latest situation of Afghanistan and stressed the key role of the Islamic Republic of Iran to help the restoration of peace and security in this country.
The Antalya Diplomacy Forum is hosting 12 heads of state, 43 foreign ministers, four former heads of state, representatives of international organizations, intellectuals, and academics.
Minister of Foreign Affirms Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah and some other Afghan politicians arrive in Turkey on Thursday at the official invitation of his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuþoðlu to attend the ADF.

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