“Discussing the significant role of neighboring countries, especially Iran, in the successful outcome of peace talks, Mr. Atmar called on Iran to support the legitimate plea of the Afghan people and government for violence reduction and an immediate ceasefire,” said the statement by Foreign Ministry.

Iranian top diplomat expressed satisfaction with the launch of intra-Afghan talks in Doha, adding that his country was ready to help Afghanistan fully restore peace.

Both senior officials discussed bilateral issues within the context of the comprehensive document on strategic cooperation.

“The two sides discussed the end state of peace process, expanding bilateral cooperation & finalizing comprehensive cooperation framework,” read the statement.

After long delays, the opening talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in Doha, capital of Qatar, on Saturday, September 12.

These long-awaited talks aimed at ending nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan were scheduled to begin on March 10, but were repeatedly delayed over due to the disagreements over the controversial prisoner swap process.

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