Iran security official urges 'cooperation' with Taliban

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Goletekin Akhondzadeh and Tolga Akbaba</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Iran should “cooperate” with the Taliban against the Daesh terrorist group, Hashmatullah Falahat Pishe, chairman of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Monday.</p> <p>Speaking to the Iranian Workers News Agency (ILNA), Pishe stressed that this sought-for cooperation “isn’t tantamount to recognition or friendship”, asserting that a degree of coordination with the militant group “could lead to a resolution”.</p> <p>Pishe also blamed the U.S. for the emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan.</p> <p>&quot;Under such circumstances, we believe we should cooperate with the Taliban against Daesh’s emerging influence [in Afghanistan],” he said, “which is why Iran has voiced support for talks [with the Taliban].”</p> <p>Pishe went on to stress that Iran’s foreign policy was aimed primarily at promoting regional peace and stability.