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Iran warns about rise of terrorist groups in Afghanistan

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Kabul: Iran’s envoy to the UN warns that terrorism and the emergence of terrorist groups pose a “serious threat” to Afghanistan, its neighbors, the region, and the entire international community.

Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan, Zahra Ershadi expressed concern over the reports on the resurgence of ISIL-affiliated terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan’s ruling body must commit to fighting terrorism and ensure to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage and prevent attacks on diplomatic premises, agents, and consular officers,” she said.

“Afghanistan must no longer serve as a haven for terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda,” she added.

The Iranian diplomat urged Afghan authorities to fulfill their international obligations as a member of the international community and to establish an “inclusive and representative” government that accurately reflects the country’s multi-ethnic society.

She also pointed out in her remarks, the importance of fighting drug trafficking, refugees’ crisis and humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan, and urged the international community to continue to assist Afghanistan and should not divert their attention away due to conflicts elsewhere.

As a result of the humanitarian crisis, hundreds of thousands of Afghans have made their way across the border into Iran since last year. According to international aid organizations, around 4,000 to 5,000 people are streaming into Iran each day, escaping the horrors of poverty and insecurity fueled by the US and its allies.

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