Iran warns the Taliban that legitimacy depends on the inclusion of ethnic groups in government

The Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan, Bahadur Aminian, has endorsed the majority position of the international community by demanding that the Taliban form a new inclusive government in return for legitimacy as the country’s leader.

While the United States and the European Union emphasize the inclusion of women in a possible new executive, Aminian stressed that this inclusion should benefit all ethnic groups in the country in particular.

“When an organization comes (to power) and the group is (is) made up of a single ethnic group and the other ethnic groups don’t get into government, we have something unacceptable,” he said in comments on Tolo News.

Iran warns the Taliban that legitimacy depends on the inclusion of ethnic groups in government
Iran warns the Taliban that legitimacy depends on the inclusion of ethnic groups in government

In response, Taliban deputy spokeswoman Inamulá Samangani has warned the ambassador that any attempt to pressure the Taliban to form a future government could be viewed as interference.

“In the end, it turns out that each country has its own definition of ‘inclusive government’ based on its national interests,” he said.

Finally, Aminian warned that the economic crisis Afghanistan is going through is breeding ground for the explosion of jihadism.

“If the economic problems persist it will provoke more migration, and if the economic problems persist it will provoke more extremism that threatens not just Afghanistan but the entire region,” he warned.

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