31.12.2018 Taliban leaders met Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday
The political leaders of the Taliban group met with the Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday in what appears to be the second meeting between Taliban and Tehran over the past recent weeks.
A spokesman of the foreign ministry of Iran, Bahram Qasemi confirmed that the the talks were held with the knowledge of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and were intended to set parameters for negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
“A Taliban delegation was in Tehran yesterday. They had comprehensive negotiations with the Iranian deputy foreign minister,” Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying in a report by Reuters.
This comes as Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Iran on Wednesday informed his Afghan counterpart that Tehran has been holding talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government.
The talks were held “to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan,” Shamkhani told Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan president’s national security advisor.
“All contacts and talks with the Taliban group have been with the knowledge of Afghanistan’s government and this process will continue,” the top Iranian security official was quoted as saying by Tehran Times.
Shamkhani arrived to Kabul leading a delegation of high-ranking Iranian security, military and political officials.