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Iran Opened Embassy in Afghanistan - 2001-11-21


Iran says it has opened its embassy in Afghanistan.

The official Iranian news agency (IRNA) quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi as saying the embassy in Kabul "resumed its activities over the past few days."

Mr. Asefi did not say what services the embassy was providing or when it opened.

Earlier reports said Iran was also preparing to open its consulates in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif and the western city of Herat, near the Iranian border.

Iran closed its diplomatic missions in 1998, after accusing the Taleban of killing 11 of its diplomats and one journalist (IRNA correspondent in Mazar-e-Sharif).

Iran never recognized the Taleban regime in Afghanistan and continued to support the ousted government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani - the political leader of the anti-Taleban Northern Alliance.

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