Iran says Afghan interim government ‘not inclusive’

TEHRAN (Agencies): Iran said Monday that the Taliban’s interim government announced last week in neighbouring Afghanistan is not representative of the country’s population.

It “is certainly not the inclusive government that the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran expect,” said foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.

“We really have to wait and see how the Taliban respond to international demands,” he added, speaking at a news conference in Tehran. He further said that:“War and aggression are not [proper] solution.”

As he noted, Afghan people do not accept presence of foreign forces in their soil.

Regional and extra-regional sides should facilitate intra-Afghan talks, the spokesman stated.

Asked if Taliban’s invitation of Iran to attend ceremony on the beginning of their government in Afghanistan means recognition of them, the spokesman said that it is soon to talk about the issue.

Also about military drills conducted by Turkey and Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea, Khatibzadeh said agreement between five littoral states has stressed illegitimacy of military presence of any country in the Sea except the five- Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan.

At the end, the spokesman described the statement issued by the four-member committee of the Arab League against Iran as boring and old-fashioned.

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