“The US military defeat in Afghanistan should be seen as an opportunity. The renaissance of Afghanistan can bring security and lasting peace to the country,” said new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who stressed that Iran is always ready to be a good neighbor to Afghanistan.
Raisi hopes that all population groups will move forward with a national agreement together. Iran is ready to help build stability.
Yesterday, after 20 years of war, the capital of Afghanistan fell into the hands of Sunni extremists of the Taliban. This was due to the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in May. Since then, the Taliban have seized the country and met with little opposition.
The Taliban see mainly Shia Iran and Shia minorities in Afghanistan as enemies. During the fighting in 1998, the city of Masar-i-Sharif was captured and attacked by the Iranian consulate. 10 Iranian diplomats and a journalist with the Iranian news agency IRNA were killed.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today called an emergency meeting of his own Security Council. According to Khan, Pakistan continues to seek a political solution across Afghanistan. His Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Pakistan that “population groups have no priority and want good relations with all its neighbors.” When the right time comes, Pakistan will recognize the Taliban government.
According to observers, many forces operating in Pakistan – including members of the military and secret service – openly prefer the people of Pathan as a group. Those Sunni Muslims often supported the Taliban and considered the refugee Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a puppet of the United States.
The Taliban generally make up about 40 percent of the population of Pathans and Afghanistan. They have in common with their ethnic relatives in Pakistan. Hazara population represents almost a quarter of the population. 20 percent of Tajik Afghans in the north.
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