Taliban: We reject the conversion of Shiites and maintain a political channel with Iran[/size] Twilight News
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Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabijullah Mujahid said on Sunday that his group maintains a political channel to connect with Iran to coordinate positions on the future of Afghanistan after the US exit.
"The fighting will continue until the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan," Mujahid said in an extended dialogue with the Iranian news agency IRNA, saying the Afghan presidential election next year "is illegitimate."
Mujahid vowed that the Taliban would crush and bury an extremist organization in Afghanistan because "its presence has caused a serious breach of the region," in a statement reassuring the Iranians, who expressed their fear of the activities of a sympathetic organization in their eastern neighbor.
As for Taliban relations with Iran, he said, "Our relationship with Iran is limited to negotiations and political dialogues. Taliban political officials have been in touch with Iran. The reason is clear. All the Islamic countries during the jihad against the Soviet Union have cooperated well with the Afghans, It was Iran. "
"Iran has been a haven for Afghan refugees. Afghans consider Iran their second home. The invitation between Iran and the Taliban should be seen as a forum for peace and stability in the region," he said.
He said that the presence of the United States in Afghanistan threatens neighboring countries, including Iran, calling on other countries to work to remove the forces of "American occupation."
"We can not sit in silence because US drone attacks against civilians or the looting of Afghan resources," he said, noting that "our precondition in the US-led peace talks with Afghanistan is the withdrawal of US forces."
"The Shiites are part of the Afghan nation, and we consider them our brothers," the Taliban spokesman said. "We reject the atonement of the Shiites."
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghji, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of his talks with a delegation of the hardline Taliban in Tehran, which Iran disclosed last Monday.
Last Tuesday, the Taliban confirmed through its spokesman, "Zabihullah Mujahid," that its representatives visited Tehran to negotiate on issues related to peace and security in Afghanistan.