Iran FM talks by phone with Turkish, Indonesian counterparts
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian spoke by phone with his Turkish and Indonesian counterparts to discuss a number of issues, including developments in Afghanistan.
Abdollahian and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavusoglu discussed over the phone the latest developments in Tehran-Ankara relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest such as developments in Afghanistan, the holding of the Astana summit and the 7th strategic meeting between Iran and Turkey, and also visits by senior officials from both countries.
The senior Iranian diplomat expressed concern about the resurgence of terrorist attacks against worshipers in Afghanistan and said Muslim countries should play a more active role in this regard. Abdollahian described next week’s meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors in Tehran as an opportunity for countries to exchange views on how to pave the way for a stable Afghanistan free of terrorism and violence in order to realize the will of the Afghan people, the Iranian people said the Foreign Ministry.
Mevlüt Çavusoglu also expressed his concern about the increase in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. The Turkish Foreign Minister stressed the need to take practical measures to prevent acts of terrorism, to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan and to consolidate efforts to step up the fight against terrorist groups like Daesh. Mevlüt Çavusoglu added that all of Afghanistan’s neighbors should contribute to the fight against terrorism.
Likewise, Abdollahian raised the need for security for Afghan ethnic groups in a separate telephone conversation with his Indonesian counterpart, Ms. Retno Marsudi.
The two ministers reviewed the latest developments in Tehran-Jakarta relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Afghanistan.
Abdollahian referred to the current situation in Afghanistan and Iran’s active diplomacy in this regard.
Abdollahian condemned the recent terrorist targeted bombings in Afghanistan. He underscored the responsibility of the Taliban for the security of Afghan ethnic groups and followers of various Islamic sects and stressed the importance of forming an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
Abdollahian also said that the international community must take responsibility for dealing with Afghan refugees in countries neighboring Afghanistan, especially Iran.
In this phone call, Ms. Retno Marsudi also stressed the need to respect human and women’s rights and described the care of Afghan refugees as a human duty that calls for international attention.