South Asia

Iranian diplomat highlights terrorist threats from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, Reza Amiri-Moghaddam, said terrorist groups have had “enduring presence” in Afghanistan and have posed threats to Iran, Pakistan, China, Russia, and Central Asian countries.

In an interview with the Center for Research and Security Studies, Amiri-Moghaddam noted that these groups are resisting the Taliban’s efforts to establish unity in Afghanistan. “Given this history of terrorism in Afghanistan, the Taliban should learn from their past mistakes and work to control the country,” he said.

The diplomat urged the Taliban to build confidence among neighboring countries such as Pakistan, Russia, and China. “The Taliban need to cooperate with regional countries to boost trade, cultural exchange, and other activities,” he said. “This will provide peace and security to the people of this region, rather than exerting energy to fight terrorism.”

The lack of an inclusive government and the terrorism threats emerging from Afghanistan under Taliban rule have been the main concerns of the international community regarding Afghanistan. Amiri-Moghaddam’s remarks underscore the need for the Taliban to address these issues and foster regional cooperation.