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Iran Concerned over US-Afghan Pact

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 21 (ICANA) – Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jaweed Ludin says Iran has expressed concerns about a possible “strategic treaty” between the US and Afghanistan.
Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:49:23 PM
Iran Concerned over US-Afghan Pact

Ludin made the remark at a press conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul after returning from a two-day visit to Iran, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

He said that he discussed the Afghan-US pact with Iranian officials during his stay in Tehran.

He reportedly told Iranian officials that Afghanistan seeks a kind of strategic relations with the US that would benefit Afghanistan and not harm regional countries, or spark tension in the region.

Ludin added that he had assured Iran that the US-Afghan strategic treaty would not harm Tehran.

Ludin said that Afghanistan seeks good relations with its neighbors and that regional security was interwoven with Afghan security.

The United States has plans to set up permanent military bases in Afghanistan to keep its troops in the war-torn country beyond the previously agreed withdrawal deadline.

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 the permanent bases, US troops will remain on the Afghan soil beyond 2014, when they are scheduled to transfer their security responsibilities to Afghan forces.

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