Iran denies Mullah Mansour crossed Iran’s border to enter Pakistan

Iran's Foreign Ministry, Hossein Jaberi Ansari
Iran on Monday denied studies that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic earlier than being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

Pakistani safety officers advised AFP on Sunday that the person killed on Saturday in Balochistan, believed on the time to be Mansour, had simply returned from Iran when his car was attacked.

US President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that Mansour had been killed in a US air strike, hailing his dying as an “vital milestone” in efforts to deliver peace to Afghanistan.

Senior Taliban sources have additionally confirmed the killing to AFP, including {that a} shura (council) was beneath technique to choose a brand new chief.

Iranian overseas ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted by the official IRNA information company on Monday as denying Mansour had been within the nation earlier than the assault.

“The competent authorities of the Islamic republic deny that this individual on this date crossed Iran’s border and into Pakistan,” he mentioned.

“Iran welcomes any optimistic motion resulting in peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he added, with out elaborating.

Pakistani id paperwork discovered on the physique of the person now identified to be Mansour named him as Muhammad Wali, and confirmed he had left for Iran on March 28 and returned the day he was killed.

Iran helps the Afghan authorities in its combat in opposition to the Taliban group.

President Ashraf Ghani in the meantime arrived in Tehran on Monday for the signing of a tripartite settlement between Iran, India and Afghanistan to show Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar right into a transit hub between the three nations, bypassing Pakistan.

Islamabad, which says it hosts lots of the Afghan Taliban’s high management to exert affect over them and convey them again to peace talks with Kabul, known as the US drone assault a violation of its sovereignty.

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