September 9, 2021
Qatar’s foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Thursday and held talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani is visiting Iran two days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks in Doha with the Qatari, discussing mainly Afghanistan.
Iranian media said that the Iranian side highlighted the importance of diplomacy to solve regional problems. Tehran’s new government has said that its priority is to improve ties with regional countries.
Iran has welcomed departure of the US forces from Afghanistan and has described it as a failure for America. Amir-Abdollahian during his meeting with his Qatari counterpart said the United States is responsible for the situation in Afghanistan and reiterated Iran’s position in support of an inclusive government in the country.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called for elections in Afghanistan to determine the future of the country, where he hopes peace will return after Western troops have left and the Taliban have seized control.
The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against the US-led coalition, a move that seems unlikely to win the international support the new leaders desperately need to avoid an economic meltdown.