ROME (WKOW) -- Officials say Iran has joined in the high-level talks on Afghanistan that are part of a renewed push to end the nine-year-old war.
Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Washington had no problem with Iran's presence in the talks in Rome on Monday, which also include senior Afghan, U.N. and NATO officials.
Holbrooke said the United States recognizes that Iran "has a role to play in the peaceful settlement of the situation," citing Iran's long and porous border with Afghanistan.
He said the discussions were restricted to Afghanistan and that "what we are discussing here is not affected by nor will it affect the bilateral issues" discussed elsewhere regarding Iran.
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