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MP: Afghan Sovereignty Imperiled by Establishment of Permanent US Bases

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 29 (ICANA) – A prominent member of the Iranian parliament on Saturday warned that establishment of permanent US bases in Afghanistan will pose a major threat to the country's sovereignty and independence.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 10:54:58 AM
MP: Afghan Sovereignty Imperiled by Establishment of Permanent US Bases

"Americans are naturally seeking to establish (permanent) bases in the country through their repeated and expansionist demands in a bid to put Afghanistan's independence under question," Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told FNA.

"We support a united and integrated Afghanistan which enjoys full independence," Boroujerdi added.

The senior legislator said Iran understands the Afghan people and government's difficult conditions at the present juncture, but Kabul officials should bear in mind that "Americans are no way seeking the interests of the Afghan nation and government and are just after their own interests".

"And the US interests are against the interests of the regional states," Boroujerdi continued.

Iranian officials have always underlined Tehran's support for peace and stability in Afghanistan, and called for an end to the foreign military presence in the war-torn country.

In February, Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed that the Obama Administration has been in secret talks with him to formalize a system of permanent military bases across the war-torn country.

In March, the Afghan National Security Council discussed the matter of a long-term security accord with the US, according to a statement issued by Karzai's office.

Yet, the statement said Karzai told the council that the US wants the deal worked out as soon as possible. And he said that on the Afghan side it was a matter not just for the government but for the Afghan people to decide.

Many Afghan officials and politicians have already voiced strong opposition to the establishment of permanent US military bases in their country, saying that Washington and its allies should withdraw their troops from the Muslim war-ravaged country in a bid to pave the ground for comprehensive dialogue and national reconciliation among the different Afghan groups and tribes.

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