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MP: US Treaty with Afghanistan Treacherous

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 8 (ICANA) – A top Iranian legislator has warned against the fraudulence of a purported "strategic treaty" between the United States and Afghanistan, a report says.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:43:47 AM
MP: US Treaty with Afghanistan Treacherous

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who chairs Iran's Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy, said on Sunday that Kabul is on the verge of a treasonous act with “the draft treaty” on a strategic alliance with Washington.

He pointed out that “the time for drawing up colonialist and imperialist agreements in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent has come to an end.”

The lawmaker's comments come in the wake of reports indicating that the United States has plans to set up permanent military bases in Afghanistan to keep its troops in the war-weary country beyond the previously agreed withdrawal deadline.

Falahatpisheh noted that such agreements stipulate age-old capitulation laws that would require a criminal US and foreign soldier to escape justice should they commit felony.

According to Press TV, the senior Iranian parliamentarian said that the majority of Afghans are unaware that such an agreement may be in making and it would be identified as an “act of treason” against country.

In February, the Iranian Foreign Ministry voiced concerns over similar reports, saying such a deal goes against Afghanistan's peace, stability and security in the region.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has not given a date for finalizing the deal with Washington, but said any long-term partnership would need to be approved by the parliament.

If an agreement is reached on permanent bases, US troops will remain on the Afghan soil beyond the planned transfer of security responsibilities by the end of 2014.

The decade-long war in Afghanistan has become more unpopular due to the rising death toll among both Afghan civilians and US-led foreign forces.

The US currently has about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan while the total number of the coalition forces in the country stands at 150,000.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on Monday that Washington plans to keep its troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

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