Iran's Raisi To Meet Putin As States Mull Taliban Recognition

Iran's Raisi To Meet Putin As States Mull Taliban Recognition

Andrew H. Sweet

President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran arrived in the Tajik capital Dushanbe Thursday to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and sideline meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Both Russia and Pakistan are among the few nations to have signaled potential support for the Taliban rule. Given Iran's affinity with Russia on numerous international issues, Raisi's meeting with Putin, in particular, could further align Tehran's stance with that of Moscow.

To Iran's hard-liners, the exit from Afghanistan by their arch-foe, America, has been a moment of triumph, one that the Islamic Republic ought to seize.

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