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Iran hosts Taliban delegation to discuss US presence in Afghanistan

Both Iranian and Taliban officials criticized the United States' role in Afghanistan during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, amid peace talks in Qatar.

An Iranian official accused the United States of prolonging the war in Afghanistan during a visit by the Taliban to Iran. A Taliban leader also told the Iranian government that the group will continue fighting US allies in the country even as peace talks take place. 

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council made the harsh criticism of US policy. “The US is not after peace and security in Afghanistan. The US strategy is the continuation of war and bloodshed among various Afghan strata,” said Ali Shamkhani, according to the state-run Tasnim News Agency

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