Iran to host Afghanistan conference Oct 19, 2021 0 0 12345 DPATehranIran plans to host a conference in the capital Tehran next week on the political future and formation of a new government in Afghanistan. “The conference on Wednesday next week [October 27] will be attended by the foreign ministers of neighbouring countries as well as a representative of Russia,” Foreign Office spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday.According to Khatibzadeh, Iran will appeal at the meeting for a government in which all political groups - “including the Taliban” -are represented. What Iran wants in Afghanistan is peace, what it does not want is violence and terrorism, he said. On this path, all neighbouring states should stand by the Afghan people, the spokesman said at a press conference in Tehran. In Iran, there are still differences on how the government should deal with the hardline Islamist Taliban in the near future. Some political circles in Tehran believe that the Taliban have changed and are no longer the Islamist movement of recent years.Others, however, say that recent developments have proven just the opposite. Moreover, they say, Shiite Iran will always remain a religious arch-enemy for the Sunni Taliban extremists.A new wave of refugees feared by Tehran, as after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, has so far failed to materialise. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iranian president announces long-term cooperation pact with Venezuela Oct 19, 2021 0 0 Spanish Premier in favour of abolishing sovereign immunity Oct 19, 2021 0 0 Former US State Secretary Colin Powell dies of Covid Oct 19, 2021 0 0 Three injured in violent attack in Sweden Copenhagen A few days after the deadly attack with a bow and arrow in neighbouring Norway, three people were injured in a violent crime in Sweden. Among them were two children under the age of 10 and a woman around 75 years .. 35 dead in Kerala landslides and floods as more rains forecast New Delhi At least 35 people have died in landslides and floods in India’s Kerala state over the past week, disaster management officials said on Monday. Twenty-two of them died in two landslides in the Kottayam and Idukki .. Tigray forces say Ethiopian army targets civilians with air strikes Cape TOWN The Ethiopian army carried out air strikes on civilians in Tigray’s capital Mekelle on Monday, according to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). At least three people died and dozens were injured in the .. At least 30 killed in attack on market in northern Nigeria Lagos At least 30 people were killed in an attack on a marketplace in northern Nigeria, an official said in Monday. Unknown attackers fired indiscriminately into the crowd at the Goronyo market in Sokoto state on Sunday .. Russia suspends work of its NATO office after credentials withdrawn DPA Moscow In response to the revoked accreditation for Russian diplomats, Russia will suspend the work of its permanent representation to NATO in Brussels from the beginning of November, according to Foreign Minister .. British parliament observes a minute of silence as tribute to slain lawmaker DPA London British MPs have observed a minute’s silence in memory of their murdered colleague Sir David Amess. The Speaker’s chaplain Tricia Hillas led specially written prayers before asking a sombre and busy Commons ..