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Iran criticizes US policy toward Afghanistan

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized the wrong policies of the US in war-torn Afghanistan, saying talking to the Taliban about Afghanistan’s future but excluding the Afghan government from it has achieved nothing.

He said while speaking at the Asia Society, while also touched upon ISIS, or Daesh terrorist group, where he said the group has been airlifted from Iraq and Syria into Afghanistan. 

“Seriously wrong policies by the United States, wrong approaches, an attempt to exclude everybody and just talk to the Taliban has alienated the government, the region and it achieved nothing,” he said.

“You cannot negotiate the future of Afghanistan with the Taliban. The Taliban represents only a segment of the Afghan society, not all of it. You cannot exclude the government, you cannot exclude the other groups in Afghanistan and just talk to the Taliban, he said.

Moreover, he said that (ISIS) has been “airlifted” from Iraq and Syria into Afghanistan and one example of it is the barbaric attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Unfortunately, we have been saying that and people believe that we were just trying to make propaganda and a conspiracy theory approach. ISIS has been airlifted from Iraq and Syria into Afghanistan,” he said.

But unfortunately, the people of Afghanistan are seeing incident after incident, terrorist attack after terrorist attack by ISIS, directed against particular sects in Afghanistan in order to create the sectarian war that ISIS has been looking for since 2002, he said.

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