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Iran arrests pro-Taliban Afghans who waved group’s flag in park 

03 Aug 2020 Ariana News

Iranian authorities have arrested a group of Afghans who waved a flag in celebration of Eid al-Adha in a park in Tehran. MENAFM reported that Iranian intelligence and police officials confirmed to local media outlets that the security forces arrested the group during an operation. The officials also said that the individuals were arrested in connection with the publication of the pictures of the Taliban flag which they had taken in Mellat Park in Tehran. The suspects are in police custody and an investigation is underway, officials told MENAFM. The Iranian authorities reportedly acted to detain the Taliban supporters after the images shocked Iranians on social media. This move comes after comments were made recently by some of Afghanistan’s Western allies that Iran was not doing enough to support the peace process. However, Iran has been quick to reject these claims.  On Saturday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani described peace in Afghanistan as peace and stability for the entire region. He told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a telephone conversation that Iran had always stood by the people and government of Afghanistan with regards to peace and stability.  “The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to always deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on historical and cultural common grounds and strengthening these relations by taking advantage of economic, trade and transit capacity between the two countries,” he said.

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