Envoys from China and Iran discussed the Afghan situation

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Tehran, 18 August 2021 (TDI): On Monday, a meeting was held between the Foreign Minister of Iran, Javad Zarif, and the Special Envoy of China to Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong. The meeting held on the occasion of the golden jubilee anniversary of diplomatic ties between two countries focused on the recent developments and changes in Afghanistan along with the bilateral relations between China and Iran.

The envoys from the two countries consulted on mutual interests and development in Afghanistan. Zarif expressed his concerns about the people displaced amid the changes in Kabul and its impact on neighboring countries of Afghanistan. He also drew attention to the COVID-19 crisis amid these political changes.

Xiaoyong marked bilateral relations in various fields on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Iran relations. He also expressed that in the present situation there is a requirement for regional cooperation, particularly among the neighbors of Afghanistan because the change within Kabul will have a direct impact on the countries on its border.

The two ancient civilizations seem to be on the same page regarding their stance on Afghanistan. President of Iran and China’s MoFA spokesperson both delivered a message of peacemaking in Afghanistan in their respective statements.

The recent change that took place in Afghanistan is important to both states because both, Beijing and Tehran, are immediate neighbors of Kabul. Iran shares a border of 921 km length with Afghanistan, whereas China shares a 76 km long border with Afghanistan. Regional cooperation, security, and peace through dialogue is the main concern of the region now.

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