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Iranian Parliament to Send Delegation to Kabul Wednesday

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 22 (ICANA) – An Iranian parliamentary delegation is slated to pay a visit to Kabul on Wednesday to meet with senior Afghan officials.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:47:41 PM
Iranian Parliament to Send Delegation to Kabul Wednesday

The delegation will include senior members of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, including commission chairman Alaoddin Boroujerdi.

During the two-day visit to the Afghan capital, the Iranian delegation and the Kabul officials are scheduled to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation, Afghan reconstruction and other issues of mutual interest.

Media speculations said that the US plan for establishment of permanent military bases in Afghanistan will be a main agenda in the talks between the Iranian delegation and Afghan officials.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has recently stated that America intends to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

The US has for long been eying on Kabul, Bagram, Kandahar, Shindad and Herat as its military bases. These places are being speedily fortified and modernized. However, resurgence of Taliban, war weariness, haywire economy and uprisings in the Middle-East and Africa are compelling America to call it a day.

In relevant remarks last month, Afghan Interior Minister Besmellah Mohammadi announced his strong opposition to the establishment of permanent US military bases in his country.

"No one supports establishment of a permanent US base. Here the issue is strategic cooperation which will not be implemented without the parliament's agreement at all," Mohammadi told the Afghan parliament's Home Security Commission in April.

He also referred to the opposition voiced by Afghan President Hamid Karzai against the establishment of permanent US military bases in his country, and underlined that Karzai had already rejected such plans.

Mohammadi stressed that Loya Jirga, Afghanistan's Grand Council, is the only authority which should decide if any future strategic cooperation between Kabul and Washington is needed.

Iran has many times urged withdrawal of foreign forces from the region, describing it as the only way to restore peace and tranquility in this part of the world.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in August that withdrawal of American forces from the region is the only way for US President Barack Obama to prove he is serious about implementing his campaign motto of change.

Ahmadinejad criticized his American counterpart for failing to realize his campaign trail promise of "change".

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