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Senior MP Renews Tehran's Support for Security in Afghanistan

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 2 (ICANA) – Head of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi reiterated Iran's strong opposition to foreign military presence in Afghanistan, and stressed that Tehran will continue support for security in Afghanistan.
Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:17:48 PM
Senior MP Renews Tehran's Support for Security in Afghanistan

Iran's basic policy is to help Afghanistan enhance its security and maintain economic progress, Boroujerdi underscored.

The issue was raised in a meeting with UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura, in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on Wednesday.

He pointed to continued foreign forces' present in Afghanistan, and noted, "The presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan, under any name, will perpetuate insecurity in the country."

As regards US-Afghanistan strategic agreement, the Iranian legislator stated that neither a Kabul-Washington security pact, nor any foreign military base would ensure sustainable security in Afghanistan.

President Karzai has recently stated that the US intends to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan. The United States 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 Middle-East and Africa are compelling America to call it a day.

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.

President Karzai said last month that having strategic partnership with White House required the approval of Afghan traditional Loya Jirga or grand assembly of elders and tribal chieftains and Afghan parliament.

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.

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