Iranian police said Tuesday they arrested 19 people after the flag of Afghanistan's Taliban militant group was waved at a gathering in a Tehran park.
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran hoped that the inter-Afghan talks with the centrality of the Afghan government and presence of all political groups will lead to peace.
A senior member of the Taliban said the group will engage in talks with Kabul providing that the Afghan government frees the last of its Taliban prisoners.
Iranian diplomat called for a lasting ceasefire in Afghanistan after the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman welcomed a recent truce announcement by the Taliban over Eid al-Adha, one of the greatest religious festivals of Muslims.
The Taliban's political chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, warned the US that an appropriate decision will be made if the US forces fail to pull out of Afghanistan according to the agreed timetable.
Iranian special envoy for Afghanistan Mohammad Ebrahim Taherianfard advised US officials to carefully study Iran's positions before commenting on the views of Iranian officials on regional issues.
Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban group have agreed that Doha will be the venue for the first meeting in their peace talks, both sides said.
Afghanistan authorities said on Tuesday 900 more Taliban prisoners will be released, as calls grew for the militants to extend a cease-fire on its third and final day.
A surprise Taliban truce appeared to be holding for a second day Monday as authorities planned to release up to 2,000 militants held by security forces.