Iran: Afghan pact with US will only increase violence

Published Sunday, May 6, 2012

Iran's foreign ministry on Sunday denounced a new strategic pact signed between Afghanistan and the United States, saying it would give rise to instability in the neighboring country.

"Iran is concerned about the strategic pact signed between Afghanistan and the US," ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

"Not only will the strategic pact not resolve Afghanistan's security problems, but it will intensify insecurity and instability in Afghanistan," he said.

His remarks came after US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a deal with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, guaranteeing that occupying US forces will remain in the country after the majority withdraw in 2014.

However the deal, reached after months of painstaking negotiations, states that the US does not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan as it has in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

Mehmanparast said on Sunday the solution to establishing security in Afghanistan was for foreign forces to leave.

He also said the pact was a source of "concern" for Iran as "the status of US military bases in Afghanistan is unclear and the security duties of US forces lack transparency."

Iran regularly criticizes the presence of Western forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Arab Gulf countries, calling for their immediate departure.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

This is like the fox guarding the henhouse and it was Iran and it's allies collaboration which facilitated the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and of course there is no takhween towards this from the sectarian cowards of Amal and Hezbollah who continue to make non-stop takhween of all of the Syrian opposition.

It was the Arab PGCC tyrants and takfiri jihadists who facilitated US occupations and invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, not Iran or Hezbollah. It was salafist jihadists who collaborated with US interventions almost everywhere, from Bosnia to Chechnya, Afghanistan, Syria, Xinjiang, Tajikistan, etc.

Iran and Hezbollah have invited the legitimate Syrian opposition for talks, and have endorsed the UN peace plan. Iran is promoting Islamic unity, not sectarianism. The PGCC, Turkey, Israel and NATO, aided by the so-called "Syrian freedom fighters", are the ones stoking the fires of sectarianism and openly advocating the genocide of minorities. But alhamdollah, the intrepid forces of Resistance are in the process of cleaning up Syria from this western-imported wahhabi terrorist scourge.

They've got a point...

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