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Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said the defeat of the U.S. in the neighboring country of Afghanistan could be transformed into an opportunity to “revive life, security, and lasting peace” in the country.
In a phone call Monday with outgoing foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the incoming president said that Iran encourages all groups in Afghanistan to work towards national unity as a “neighboring and brotherly” country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the reign of the will of the wronged people of Afghanistan has always created security and stability,” he said. “While consciously monitoring developments in the country, Iran is committed to neighborly relations.”
Zarif further emphasized in a statement the necessity of preventing more violence and war, referring to the displacement of Afghan citizens who have taken refuge in neighboring countries as one of the most urgent aspects of developments in Afghanistan.
On the same day, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China is willing to deepen “friendly and cooperative” relations with the Taliban’s Afghanistan.
Iran similarly said on Sunday that the Persian nation has accommodations ready in three provinces on the border with Afghanistan to provide temporary refuge to Afghans fleeing the country's conflict.
The Iranian foreign ministry announced Sunday that it reduced its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, leaving just a few staff members at its embassy in Kabul.