Iran, Pakistan, China, Russia emphasize on holding comprehensive inter-Afghan talks

TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) – In a joint statement issued by Iran, Pakistan, China, and Russia, they said that holding comprehensive inter-Afghan talks is the only way to achieve national reconciliation and a speedy end to the country's long-running conflict.

The special envoys of Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia held a videoconference on Monday on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

Welcoming the recent political agreement in Afghanistan by President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, they said that the only way to achieve national reconciliation and a speedy end to the country's long-running conflict is holding comprehensive inter-Afghan talks.

After months of conflict over the Afghan presidential election, a political agreement was signed on Sunday between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in an effort to end the crisis.

Under the agreement, Abdullah will chair the High Reconciliation Council, which has five deputies and have an independent budget along with specific powers. Moreover, He will retain a right to introduce 50 percent of the government's cabinet.

The agreement states that Afghanistan's 34 governors will be appointed on the basis of mutual agreement and that any change, adjustment, or removal of individuals from important government positions will be conducted due to proper reasons.

Afghanistan Election Commission declared Ashraf Ghani president on Jan. 20, 2020 which was later rejected by Abdullah.

On March 9, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah held simultaneous inauguration ceremonies at the presidential and Sepidar palaces with their supporters, effectively giving Afghanistan two presidents and a parallel government that created the crisis.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sun. held separate phone conversations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and welcomed the progress made in the national reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He also voiced Iran’s readiness to support the continued alignment of all Afghan groups.

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