The Taliban have issued a statement saying they have instructed their fighters to “stay at the gates of Kabul and not enter the city.
The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan’s Jalalabad without a fight, according to officials and a resident, effectively leaving the capital, Kabul, as the last major urban area under government control, Al Jazeera reported.
The Taliban seized control of another provincial capital early on Monday to raise the total number of capitals it has overrun so far to five, a major military achievement that marks a strategic shift in the group’s military strategy.
The Iranian embassy in Kabul issued a statement urging Iranian citizens to refrain from traveling to Afghanistan until further notice due to escalating security risks.
Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian, the special representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for Afghanistan, and his accompanying delegation met with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Kabul on Monday, discussing the latest developments surrounding Afghanistan.
Ali Akbar Velayati, the secretary-general of the World Assembly on Islamic Awakening, on Monday expressed regret at the enormous damage caused by the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said on Saturday that Afghanistan has no option other than dialogue, common understanding, compromise, forgiveness, and “closing eyes to the past and looking into the future.”
Iran is planning to host a meeting between the Afghan government and other Afghan groups to bring peace to war-torn Afghanistan, Fars News reported.
Tehran is insistent on its position the crisis in neighboring Afghanistan must be resolved through negotiations, a senior Iranian diplomat said on Thursday.
Speaking at his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said Tehran believes in dialogue and constructive interaction.