A high-ranking delegation of the Islamic State of Afghanistan has left for Europe to meet with ex-king Mohammed Zahir Shah, who was overthrown in 1973, said Ghairat Sakhi, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Islamic State of Afghanistan in Russia, at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday. "Apart from meeting with the former king of Afghanistan, who lives in Rome with his family, the Afghan delegation will also meet representatives of other Afghan movements who are abroad and who seek to establish peace in Afghanistan," noted the Afghan diplomat. "We have a feeling of great respect for our former king and support his appeal to convene an authoritative Loya Jirgah forum," stressed Ghairat Sakhi. Muhammed Zahir Shah's almost 40-year-long rule is considered now, after the 25-year-long civil war, as the "golden age" in Afghanistan's modern history.
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