A senior Iranian politician called for closer cooperation with the Taliban, saying the Islamic Republic should play a key role in assisting Taliban’s intelligence services.
Mohammad-Javad Larijani, a top advisor on foreign affairs to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and former head of the Iranian High Council on Human Rights, said in an interview published on Wednesday.
He said working with the Taliban government was an opportunity for Iran that should not be missed.
He told the Tasnim news agency, affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that Iran’s good relations with the late anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud – also known as the Lion of Panjshir – are no reason, Ahmad Massoud, the son by the veteran guerrilla commander who has vowed to continue resisting the Taliban.
Larijani, currently chairman of the Iranian Basic Research Institute, admitted that the Taliban’s ideology was very badly believed and said that “this new modernized version of the Taliban seems to abandon some of its bad ideas because” they are, at least temporarily, impractical.
The Taliban’s victory in August was hailed by the Iranian hardliners as a major defeat for the US, although some criticized calls for cooperation with the â€œreformedâ€ Taliban.