KABUL: Two Afghan neighboring states (Iran and Pakistan) express concerns over an active presence of Daesh terrorist group in the war-hit country.
Senior Iranian and Pakistani diplomats who are experts in Afghan affairs, expressed concerns in meeting on Monday in Tehran, saying that the Daesh presence in Afghanistan could jeopardize regional peace and stability.
Sadiq Khan, Pakistan’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan who is in Tehran on an official visit, met Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Iranian Political Deputy Foreign Minister, discussing regional developments particularly Afghanistan peace efforts.
Khan hinted at Tehran and Islamabad’s vulnerability by Afghan developments, calling for wider cooperation by the states in bringing peace to the war-affected country.
“Iran will support Afghan peace in which the Afghans’ rights and achievements gained in the past two decades are observed,” Araghchi said.
He welcomed Pakistan’ stance on a close cooperation with the peace efforts in Afghanistan, saying that the Islamic Republic would be also ready to help the peace efforts in the neighboring country.
Afghanistan’s northern neighbors are also worried about the Daesh presence in the northern areas that border them. Daesh terrorist group is reported to have gained ground in the provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar in the east, Jawzjan and Kunduz in the north.
The terrorist group is reportedly recruiting in Nangarhar’s district of Pachiragam.