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Colonial powers’ decline sooner than expected: SNSC secretary

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that the decline of colonial powers including the US will happen faster than expected.
Shamkhani made the remarks while addressing the closing ceremony of an international conference themed ‘New World Order Geometry’ in Tehran on Thursday.
“We are now at a critically historical juncture, and a change in the world order is accordingly of paramount importance. The new world order and mechanisms to approach it would prompt us to review our macro policies”, Shamkhani said.
He added that the new world order can either provide great and brilliant opportunities or pose threats and dangers depending on countries’ behavior and preparations for such changes.
Shamkhani reiterated that “we must prepare ourselves and increase our resilience for global transformations.”

Diplomat meets ex-Afghan officials

 Iranian President’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan’s Affairs and Caretaker of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul Hassan Kazemi Qomi held talks with Abdullah Abdullah, former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, and discussed humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
Abdullah, in a tweet, said that during the meeting, he stressed the need for the continuation of Iran’s aid to the Afghan people as well as expanding Iran-Afghanistan relations.
On Thursday, Kazemi Qomi also met and held talks with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Karzai said on Twitter that he met Kazemi Qomi and discussed the current Afghan situation and the recent Doha meeting. Karzai also called Iran an “old, historic friend.”


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