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Iran Rejects US-Taliban Peace Deal

Tehran: Iran’s International Ministry on Sunday mentioned the so-called peace deal between the Taliban and the US is an try by Washington to justify its unlawful presence in Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the US measures as an attempt to legitimize the presence of its forces in Afghanistan … The United States has no legal status to sign a peace deal or decide on the future of Afghanistan,” the ministry mentioned in a press release, Xinhua information company reported.

“We believe that the United Nations has appropriate capacities to facilitate the intra-Afghan negotiations and also to oversee and guarantee the implementation of the achieved agreements,” it mentioned.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that a sustainable peace agreement in Afghanistan will be achieved only through the talks among Afghan political groups, including the Taliban,” it added.

The neighbouring international locations of Afghanistan also needs to be considered within the peace talks for Afghanistan, it mentioned.

The USA and the Taliban signed on Saturday the long-awaited deal within the Qatari capital metropolis of Doha, calling for a gradual withdrawal of the US troops if the Taliban negotiates with the Afghan authorities and cuts ties with terrorist teams.

In response to the deal, the US goes to scale back its troops to eight,600 in Afghanistan inside 135 days, and can, along with its NATO allies, utterly pull out the remaining troops within the following 14 months if the Taliban sticks to its commitments.

(IANS)

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