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Iran not ready to recognize Taliban government

Shiite-dominated Iran has called for Afghanistan's new Sunni leaders to form a government that reflects the country's ethnic diversity.
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Iran is not ready to formally recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday, citing the importance of an inclusive Afghan government. 

“Today, we are basically not at the point of recognizing,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a news conference. “We hope that the governing body of Afghanistan will move, through its actions, in a direction that will enable it to achieve international recognition.”

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