Sunday, May 29, 2005

"US presence in Afghanistan detrimental": Iran's Spokesman

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said that the long-term presence of the US in Afghanistan and establishment of military bases in the country would cause instability and be a threat to regional security.

Asefi said, "Undoubtedly, the issues would inflict heavy military costs on the people in Afghanistan and regional states, ruining the international community's reconstruction project in the country," according to IRNA. READ MORE

He said protests by Afghan people and different personalities in different parts of Afghanistan against Americans' behavior in Guantanamo Bay and Afghan prisons prove the displeasure of people and public opinion in the country against US presence.

Asefi said the pile up by the Americans of weapons of mass destruction in clandestine bases in Afghanistan rings out warning for the future of the region and international cooperation as well as removing the process for establishing stability, calm and development in the country.

He stressed the need for the US to reconsider its wrong policies in Afghanistan.