The people of Afghanistan are suffering but it’s also affecting the regional countries economically, Abdullah mentioned during the interview.
“Asia and South Asia will connect when there will be peace in Afghanistan, so there will be good transit and economic relations,” Abdullah, said, adding that “I think all countries will benefit from peace in Afghanistan more than continuing the war.”
“The war in Afghanistan has also cost the regional countries,” he mentioned.
Abdullah believes that a relative consensus has emerged in the region on the Afghan peace process.
Abdullah will meet with Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s President and other Iranian officials today.
On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Abdullah in Tehran and discussed the Afghan peace process, Abdullah’s office confirmed.
In this meeting, Zarif said that a stable, developed and peaceful Afghanistan has been Iran’s constant hope, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
“We will integrate all our efforts to help the real intra-Afghan negotiations,” Zarif said as quoted by his spokesman.
Abdullah meanwhile described Iran’s role as important for the Afghan peace process and said it is one of the key trips.
“Every country has an impact based on its capacity, and all are affected by the continuation of war in Afghanistan,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah visited Pakistan and India over the past two weeks as part of his efforts to build regional consensus on the Afghan peace process.
Iran has recently criticized the ongoing peace process, especially Washington’s role in the efforts.
Washington, however, has said that Tehran wants the US to be engaged in unwinnable war in Afghanistan.