Selin ATAY-TDO- Tehran is closely following developments in Afghanistan, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated at a weekly press conference.
According to Iranian official news agency, Foreign Ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh stressed that Iran is ready to contribute to peace talks between Afghans decisively. "We call on all parties to refrain from violence in Afghanistan, move towards stability and peace and take this opportunity to establish a transparent and accountable government that reflects the demographic and ethnic makeup of Afghanistan," Khatibzadeh said.
Asked by journalists whether Iran would recognize the Taliban, who have seized control of Afghanistan, Khatibzadeh responded by using the following statements:
"We're not at that stage right now. It's too early to decide on Afghanistan's future government. Protecting the lives, property and decency of the Afghan people, conducting a comprehensive dialogue between the various Afghan groups and establishing an inclusive government in this country is our current priority."