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AfPak File: Reviewing Iran’s Role In Taliban-Led Afghanistan

January 13, 202242:46

The Taliban foreign minister recently traveled to Tehran for two key meetings—one with senior Iranian officials, the other with leaders of the anti-Taliban resistance. The visit served as a reminder of the key but complex relationship between Iran and Afghanistan.

The latest episode of The AfPak File unpacks Iran’s interests and goals in Afghanistan, its relations with the Taliban, and how its role may evolve in Afghanistan with the country under Taliban rule.

Joining the discussion are Rateb Noori, Afghanistan bureau chief editor for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Afghan Service, locally known as Radio Azadi; Fatemeh Aman, a nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Institute; Nilofar Sakhi, professorial lecturer in international affairs at George Washington University; and Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.

RFE/RL's media manager, Muhammad Tahir moderates the discussion.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.


Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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