The foreign policy analyst Fereydoun Majlessi in an interview with the Iranian Journal of International Relations on the developments in Afghanistan under the Taliban and the Iranian attitude towards them
This article was originally published in the Iranian Journal of International Relations:
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the presence of the Taliban in Kabul have pushed developments in Afghanistan in a direction that many observers see as a new era of instability, extremism and terrorism in the country. Meanwhile, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan has caused a great deal of criticism both inside the US and in other countries, because of the developments that took place after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, including the formation of a government consisting of extremist figures in Kabul. Many have interpreted them as a failure of the US foreign policy in relation to Afghanistan and as a failure of US nation-building policy outside its borders.
In addition to these cases, a significant issue is the type of reactions formed in Iranian society to the developments in Afghanistan, especially after the emergence of the Panjshir resistance movement, which has led to many debates and disagreements in Iranian society between different political and social groups. What should be the appropriate policy and approach for Iran’s national interests? This is a very important issue that has been studied by experts these days and we are witnessing various analyzes in this field.
To this end, due to the importance of the issues raised, the Iranian Journal of International Relations has conducted an interview with Mr. Fereydoun Majlessi, an expert on international affairs and a former diplomat. Majlessi believes that the desire for money and power explains, to some extent, the Taliban’s willingness to negotiate with the United States and establish political power. Contrary to the insistence of many observers on creating insecurity on China’s borders and involving China in Afghanistan as one of the goals of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Fereydoun Majlessi believes that common interests between China, Russia and the US will enable these countries to cooperate, to maintain security, while having reasonable economic competition. You can read the full transcription of this interview below:Continue reading “Iran’s sharing of Taliban’s anti-American slogans doesn’t mean having common interests”