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Former Afghan MP: Strategic Pact with US Harms Afghans' Interests

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TEHRAN, June 8 (ICANA) – A former Afghan legislator blasted Washington's pressures on Kabul to prolong its military presence in the country, and underlined that inking a strategic deal with Washington would be detrimental to Afghanistan's interests.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 9:31:54 PM
Former Afghan MP: Strategic Pact with US Harms Afghans' Interests

"Afghanistan enjoys a special geopolitical situation and due to this situation and the regional sensitivities, a strategic pact with the US will not be to the interest of Afghanistan," Ahmad Ali Jebreili told FNA on Wednesday.

"If Americans do not accept a specific framework for their presence in Afghanistan, Afghanistan will no doubt be harmed," he added.

Jebreili described Washington's long-term presence in Afghanistan as a serious threat to the security of his war-torn country, and explained that such a prolonged deployment would push the Taliban and other armed opposition groups and even the neighboring countries to show unusual reactions which would, in turn, further deteriorate the security conditions 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 the Taliban, war weariness, haywire economy and uprisings in the 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.

Most world countries, including Iran, have blamed foreign forces for continued instability in Afghanistan and have called for a complete pullout from the country, which first went under invasion and occupation by the US-led NATO troops in 2001.

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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