Taliban delegation visits Iran

Taliban representatives visit Tehran to discuss regional developments

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A delegation from the Taliban has visited Tehran to take part in a round of talks with Iranian officials, Iran’s Shargh newspaper has reported.

Members of Taliban’s Qatar bureau paid a visit to the Iranian capital Monday to discuss the regional developments, Shargh daily quoted a member of the Afghan High Peace Council as saying.

The delegation met with Iranian security officials to discuss developments in the Islamic world, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency said.

The visit comes after the Taliban held preliminary talks with Afghan officials in Qatar earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Taliban and China held two rounds of talks – one in Beijing and the second in Islamabad over the past six months.

China says the Taliban should hold direct talks with the Afghan government and broker a peace deal, which the militant group has rejected so far.

The Taliban has ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to the US invasion in 2001.

After the US invasion of Afghanistan, the group has grown stronger in Pakistan and carried out deadly attacks across both countries.

Kabul and the United States have accused Pakistan of backing Taliban insurgents.

In a reconciliatory move, Pakistan’s spy agency signed an information sharing deal on Tuesday with its Afghan counterpart, which is expected to bring the two neighbours closer together.


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