Iran FM Raises Alarm at ‘Dangerous’ Rise of Takfiri Terror Groups in Afghanistan

The Iranian foreign minister has condemned recent deadly terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, raising the alarm at the rise of Daesh and other Takfiri terror outfits in the conflict-ridden South Asian country.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, secretary-general of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, in Tehran on Saturday.

The top Iranian diplomat warned that the rise of Daesh and other Takfiri terrorist groups, following a change of government in Afghanistan, was dangerous.

On October 8 and 15, Daesh bombers attacked Shia mosques in the Afghan cities of Kunduz and Kandahar respectively, killing and injuring hundreds of innocent worshipers attending Friday prayers.

The terror attacks happened almost two months after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan amid swift advances on the ground, which many attribute to a hasty withdrawal of US-led foreign forces.

He further called the European Union to take “a more responsible approach” in protecting the rights of Afghans displaced by violence.

Elsewhere, Amir-Abdollahian praised Iran’s “longstanding and old” relations with Austria and said Tehran attached great importance to bilateral ties with Vienna.

Moreover, he expressed hope for a growth in economic and trade ties between the two countries, appreciating Austria for providing COVID-19 vaccines to Iran.

Launsky-Tieffenthal, for his part, praised the friendly relations between Tehran and Vienna and expressed hope that the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would be revived with the participation of all parties.

He also denounced the latest terrorist acts in Afghanistan, saying Iran and Austria “have common concerns” about Daesh.

Additionally, he stressed Austria’s support for meetings of Afghanistan’s neighbors to help resolve the country’s problems.


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