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Iran’s Raisi: US ‘defeat’ in Afghanistan a chance for lasting peace

Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 5, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 5, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s new ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi says the “defeat” of the United States in Afghanistan must usher in a durable peace in the neighboring, war-wracked country.

“The military defeat and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan should offer an opportunity to restore life, security and lasting peace in that country,” Raisi says, quoted by his office.

The presidency statement comes after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, but it doesn’t mention the Taliban nor the fall of the Afghan capital.

Raisi, who makes the remarks in a call with outgoing Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, says the Islamic Republic wants good relations with Afghanistan.

Iran is “closely monitoring the evolution of events in Afghanistan” and wants good neighborly ties with it, he says.

Raisi tasked Zarif and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to give him updated reports on the situation in Afghanistan, the statement adds.

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