Iran-Taliban contacts can alleviate border problems: daily
Tehran, Nov 28, IRNA -- `Iran News' in its editorial on Tuesday
conceded that Iran is unwilling to recognize the Taliban as the
rightful rulers of Afghanistan for several "justifiable" reasons,
however, it said, this "does not rule out lower level Iranian and
Taliban officials meeting and discussing the ever growing problems on
our Eastern borders."
Welcoming the recent visit of a delegation from the Iranian
National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Parliament to
the Iran-Afghanistan border the English-language daily believed that
the visit was indeed intended to broaden the understanding of the
current situation in the area as well as to identify the problems
associated with the region.
"Majority of Iran's problems on its Eastern flank are related to
Afghanistan," it pointed out referring to the continuous drug trade.
Since Iran is the "shortest, cheapest and quickest route to the
west for drug traffickers," it has taken various significant steps in
closing its borders to smugglers and their deadly drug hauls, it
However, Iran's success in the war on narcotics trade has
only made the drug traffickers more adamant and has induced them
all the more to adopt more sophisticated weaponry and reconnaissance
equipment, regretted the daily, noting that drug convoys continue
to be on the rise and their push to smuggle narcotics through Iran,
has not abated.
Although Iran does not recognize the Taliban militia as the
legitimate government of Afghanistan, "the existing trend and the
heavy losses suffered by Iranian security forces, which has become
intolerable and detrimental to our national security, has made it
necessary to hold negotiations and in order to settle these "ever
growing problems on our Eastern borders," pointed out the daily.
"Even if such negotiations do not resolve all the differences
between both countries, they will at least clarify the position of
both sides and identify the main problems that face the region," as
well, believed the article.
Although "such an action would certainly be in the national
interest," however, it does not at the same time imply that Iran
recognize the Taliban as the legitimate rules in Afghanistan" it
pointed out in conclusion.
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