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Speaker Blasts West for Not Fulfilling Pledges in Afghanistan

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 23 (ICANA) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday strongly criticized the western states for their poor record in fulfilling their undertakings in Afghanistan, including restoration of peace and security, reconstruction and campaign against drugs.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:37:49 PM
Speaker Blasts West for Not Fulfilling Pledges in Afghanistan

Addressing a joint meeting of the heads of the Iranian and Afghan parliament commissions here in Tehran today, Larijani said a single look at the current conditions in Afghanistan reveals that "the western states do not care about Afghanistan, and are rather seeking their own goals".

He stressed countries that are currently stationed in Afghanistan are yet to fulfill their undertakings in the war-torn country, but meantime underlined that the western states should also leave Afghanistan in the near future, and are thus left with a little time to fulfill their undertakings.

The Iranian parliament speaker further blamed the West for drug production and trafficking in Afghanistan, and said, "Our information shows that a number of the western states are behind the issue of illicit drugs in Afghanistan."

As regards Iran's stance on Afghanistan, Larijani stated, "We have always supported the Afghan government."

"We are totally against terrorist moves. Westerners assume that their presence in Afghanistan has some effect, but they are wrong," the lawmaker stated.

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

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons.

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