Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, arrived in Tehran on October 18 for a three-day official visit.
Iran is reportedly a key regional power broker with sway over the Taliban and Afghan political factions.
Abdullah tweeted before his visit that he would, “meet the Iranian leadership” and “exchange views on Afghanistan Peace and all other relevant bilateral issues to promote long-term cooperation & friendship.”
The HCNR chairman met Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, exchanging views on the Afghan peace process, intra-Afghan talks in Doha and bilateral issues of interest, stressing on brotherly bonds between the two countries.
Abdullah Also thanked Iranian officials for a continued principled position on “Afghan peace efforts” and reiterated that “peace & stability in Afghanistan amounts to peace & stability in the region and beyond”.
Foreign minister Zarif assured Iran’s continued support for the Afghan peace process and emphasized a process that assures Afghan ownership of their aims for stability and inclusive outcomes.
Following his meeting Abdullah had dialogues with Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, as they both discussed the Afghan peace process and Doha dialogues developments.
Abdullah Abdullah tweeted:
Head of Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation is expected to meet Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout his visit.
In a gathering at the Afghan embassy in iran Sunday night, abdullah said the Afghan government would take serious steps to address the plight of Afghan refugees in Iran and had discussed the issue with Iranian officials.
Reports indicate an agreement had been reached with Iranian officials to allow Afghan refugees to travel to Iran legally.
He also called for the distribution of electronic ID cards to Afghan refugees in Iran as part of the agreement.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Iran, Ghafoor Lewal, said there are about 2.5 million Afghan refugees living in Iran and that their biggest problem is lack of official documents.