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Strategic Accord with US, Betrayal of Afghan People: MP

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 12 (ICANA) – A senior legislator says if the Afghan parliament passed a strategic agreement with the United States they would commit a great betrayal against people of their country.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 11:57:25 AM
Strategic Accord with US, Betrayal of Afghan People: MP

Commenting on news reports that a draft of the agreement has been submitted to Afghan parliament by Washington, Rapporteur of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian parliament (Majlis), Kazem Jalali said the West could no more colonize people in underdeveloped countries through baseless agreements.

Speaking to ICANA, he pointed to the ancient civilization of Afghanistan and said time has gone for creating legal discriminations in other countries.

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.

Referring to violation of human rights through implementation of the mentioned agreement, Jalali said the so-called advocates of human rights and democracy are attempting to take steps towards realization of their interests in the light of fake agreements and through discriminatory measures.

In conclusion he expressed hope that the Afghan Parliament would adopt a vigilant stance with regard to this issue and prevent approval of the agreement.

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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