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Newsline: Iranian Foreign Ministry Says Afghan Embassy Complies with Vienna Convention

The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry reacted to reports of future diplomatic activities of Afghanistan’s embassy in Tehran, saying the country’s mission will only act within the constraints of the 1961 Vienna Convention. Speaking on Sunday, Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to reports carried by certain media outlets alleging that the Iranian government is planning to hand over the Afghan embassy in Tehran to the Taliban. “The diplomatic activities of the Afghan embassy in Tehran, like all foreign embassies, fall within the framework of the principles and rules defined by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and no developments are possible to take place outside (the convention’s stipulations),” Khatibzadeh said. (https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2022/01/10/2641619/afghan-embassy-activities-in-tehran-in-conformity-with-1961-vienna-convention-spokesman) A day earlier, the Taliban foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, arrived in Tehran while heading a high-ranking delegation to hold talks with Iranian officials in a first such trip since the group seized power.

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