Iran president calls for formation of inclusive government in Afghanistan

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in an invitation with envoys of Muslim nations, including a Taliban delegation, in Tehran, called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan that represents all ethnic groups and religions, sources aware of the matter said.

Sources said that Raisi also said he is in favor of a government in Afghanistan that is also approved and supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Over the past 19 months, the Taliban has often been asked by various countries in the region and the world to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

“I think the Taliban’s obduracy about the requests of the international community and foreign officials in regional countries, including Iran’s president, shows the real nature of the Taliban,” said Zakir Husain Irshad, a university lecturer.

The calls for the formation of an inclusive government were also raised in the Samarkand meeting about Afghanistan this month.

“The nature of the Taliban’s emirate is in a way that it does not accept an inclusive government,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, former deputy interior minister.

Taliban has claimed that it has formed an inclusive cabinet but analysts said that they are not seeing signs of inclusivity in the Taliban administration.