Amir Khan Muttaqi the acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with Iran’s deputy ambassador, diplomats, and representatives of the Iranian state and private media earlier today in Kabul.
In a meeting with Hussain Mortazavi, the deputy ambassador of Iran and Iranian representatives from media outlets discussed the facilitation of economic and bilateral trade relations and other sociocultural issues in the two countries, the foreign ministry said.
The purpose of Iranian media representatives’ visit to Afghanistan is to review the situation in the country and reflect it realistically to the outside world, the deputy minister of foreign affairs in a tweet said.
Mr. Muttaqi’s meeting with Iranian media representatives comes as the authorities of Afghanistan’s interim regime have imposed a range of restrictions on private media outlets, which led a large number of media outlets and news agencies to close their doors.
Also, since the takeover of Kabul in August 2021, the Taliban have detained and tortured several journalists and social activists, coming under the attention of free journalism advocacy agencies and other international organizations.
Meanwhile, the three-month-long nationwide protests in Iran have become another hot topic – being under the radar of the international community and receiving massive criticism due to the repressive policies of the Islamic Republic to silence the protesters and control the media outlets from portraying the reality of the subject matter.