Iran Declines Invitation to Afghanistan Meeting Involving US

By IFP Editorial Staff |

A senior Iranian diplomat says Tehran has turned down an invitation to take part in a meeting on Afghanistan that was held in Moscow and included the US.

Speaking at a Monday meeting of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, the Iranian Foreign Minister’s special assistant and Director General of the Southeast Asian Department of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Seyyed Rasoul Mousavi said Iran has twice refused invitations to participate in meetings on Afghanistan.

“A four-party meeting was held in Moscow with China, the US, Russia and Pakistan in attendance, and Iran was also invited to take part in the session, but the Islamic Republic declined the invitation considering the definite policy on Afghanistan,” he said.

“Moreover, a meeting on Afghanistan was held in China, and representatives from China and Russia came to Tehran to encourage Iran (to attend the meeting), but we did not attend that meeting either, and we would definitely not go to any venue that excludes the Afghan government,” Mousavi added.

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