Afghanistan: Iran accuses ‘US’s allies’ of supporting Taliban, Islamic State


KABUL (TCA) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blamed some countries for supporting al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State), saying that the groups are being financed and nurtured by US’s allies in the region, Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews reported.

With clear reference to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zarif said in a video message on May 3 that “unlike US allies in the region who have brainwashed, financed and armed groups such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the ISIS, we [Iran] have been pivotal in defeating these extremist thugs.”

Zarif also criticized US President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, saying that his country will not “renegotiate or add onto” the atomic accord.

On May 3, Iran’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Reza Bahrami said the Iranian government has shared information with Kabul on Daesh’s infiltration into Afghanistan.

He made the remarks at a research briefing on “the perception of Afghanistan’s elites from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul.

Bahrami did not elaborate on how the group infiltrated Afghanistan but said an increase in Daesh activities in Afghanistan is a common concern for the two countries.

“One part of confidential information by security services about details of the transfer of some members of Daesh from other areas into Afghanistan were given to security systems of Afghanistan,” Bahrami said.

Sergey Kwan