Iran Says It Won't Officially Recognize Taliban After Tehran Talks

Iran Says It Won't Officially Recognize Taliban After Tehran Talks

Andrew H. Sweet

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday's high-level talks with Taliban representatives were "positive," but Iran is still "not at the point of officially recognizing Taliban."

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian criticized "wrong policies" by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan during the meeting and said the U.S. must lift its sanctions based on humanitarian grounds to help the Afghan people and economy.

He also promised that Iran would continue to send humanitarian aid to its neighbor and said: "the efforts of the zealous people of Afghanistan showed that no foreign power can occupy Afghanistan and rule over its people."

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