Iran calls on Taliban to avoid border clashes


Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid believes that certain groups are attempting to harm Afghanistan’s ties with its neighbours….reports Asian Lite news

Iran’s interior minister Ahmad Vahidi has asked the Taliban authorities to advise their security forces on maintaining peace and security and avoiding further border clashes, The Khaama Press News Agency reported.

The Iranian minister stated on Wednesday that peace and security have been restored in the area following recent occurrences at the Iran-Afghanistan border, reported Khaama Press quoting Tasnim News. Vahidi blamed the border clashes on Taliban troops and said that Iranian soldiers retaliated.

He said, “The Afghans had begun shooting at the common border, and the Iranian forces naturally responded to the shots properly.”

The interior minister added, “We currently have direct interaction with Afghan rulers, and all misunderstandings and problems should be settled through dialogue and negotiation.”

According to Iranian officials as quoted by Khaama Press, one Iranian border guard was killed and two others were injured during last week’s border confrontations with the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Afghan security forces said during the clashes, one Taliban security force personnel and two Iranian border guards were killed, and many more were injured.

The incident occurred near the border crossing between the southeastern province of Sistan and Balochistan and Afghanistan’s Nimruz region, between the villages of Sasouli, Hatam, and Makaki, Khaama Press reported.

Meanwhile, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF), Amir Ali Hajizadeh termed border tensions as “unimportant” while Taliban said that certain groups are attempting to harm country’s ties with its neighbours, Afghanistan-based TOLO News reported.

Hajizadeh said that “enemies” are seeking to turn the border tension with Afghanistan into a war and that there is no need to be concerned about it, Afghanistan-based TOLO News reported.

Hajizadeh while speaking at the Tehran University of Science and Technology, called the clashes with the border forces of the Islamic Emirate “unimportant.”

“Behind these cases are many of our enemies who want to turn this into a big issue, into a war, which absolutely will not happen. Anyway, the situation in Afghanistan is clear to us. Some people do things arbitrarily and want to create conflict, we should not make it too big,” Hajizadeh noted, according to TOLO News.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid believes that certain groups are attempting to harm Afghanistan’s ties with its neighbours.

The spokesman added that the Taliban wants good relations with neighboring countries.

“Some circles try to destroy ties between Afghanistan and its neighbors and they exaggerate some minor problems. It is the duty of both nations to be informed about such conspiracies. The Islamic Emirate wants good and strong relations with all its neighbours and will not allow such small issues to ruin relations,” Mujahid said, as per TOLO News.

According to some military analysts, border clashes are not in the interest of any side.

“Both Iranian and Afghan authorities should understand this, and the relations between us and our neighbours should not be harmed,” said Sarwar Nizai, a military analyst. (ANI)

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