Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian addressed a virtual meeting on the “Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan” chaired by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday afternoon.
In part of his speech, Amir Abdollahian said, “We all face a new situation and a new challenge in Afghanistan today and we believe that a key reason for the current instability, insecurity and dire situation in Afghanistan is the policies of trial and error of the United States of America”.
Amir Abdollahian stressed that the US created tragedies during the years of occupation of Afghanistan and it created a disaster with the way they left the country and the world witnessed those disastrous scenes at Kabul airport in recent days.
He reiterated the message of the meeting on both political and humanitarian levels. Amir Abdollahian added, “At the political level, we must send a single message to Afghanistan that a secure, stable and developed Afghanistan can only be created through the formation of an inclusive national government composed of all parties.”
Iran’s foreign minister also expounded on Tehran’s vision on the humanitarian level and added, “We believe that in the humanitarian dimension, the people, women and children in Afghanistan in recent years and in recent weeks have been facing a deplorable situation and today the international community is obliged and should send urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan”.
While announcing Iran’s readiness to facilitate the dispatch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by various countries, Amir Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic has kept all its borders open to help prevent a new refugee influx from Afghanistan.
The foreign minister added that this is aimed at keeping local businesses, common markets and cross-border trade open while sending humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
He also criticized the international community for failing to fulfill its obligations to address the situation of Afghan refugees. The Iranian foreign minister stressed the need for immediate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people and also the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Abdollahian emphasized Iran’s relationship with all parties in Afghanistan. He said, “We pursue a policy that seeks the formation of an inclusive Afghan government and also want an Afghanistan free of terrorism and drugs where the Afghan people themselves can decide their future.”