Iran condemns security pact between Afghanistan and the U.S.

May 8, 2012AFGHANISTANIran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated on Tuesday his country’s concerns over the security pact recently signed between the United States and Afghanistan. The Islamic republic has informed the Afghani officials about its concerns over the agreement, said Mehmanparast in his weekly press briefing. Peace, stability and security in Afghanistan is highly important for Iran, and Afghanistan’s security is intertwined with the security of the whole region and Iran. Any instability or insecurity can leave its impact on the Islamic republic, said the Iranian spokesman. “We believe the presence of foreign forces, including the U.S. forces and its allies is the root cause of insecurity and instability in the regional countries and especially in Afghanistan,” said Mehmanparast. He stressed that the regional countries can assist the establishment of security in Afghanistan. On Sunday, Mehmanparast said that the unclear roles defined for U.S. forces and their military bases, in the strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, are major sources of concerns for Iran and other regional countries. The pact cannot resolve Afghanistan’s security problems; instead, it will further destabilize the country and increase insecurity, Mehmanparast said. Iran believes a complete withdrawal of foreign forces and closure of their military bases is the only way to solve Afghanistan’s problems and to bring peace and security to the country, he added. Afghanistani President Hamid Karzai last Thursday assured the country’s neighbors that signing strategic partnership with the United States does not pose any threat to them. “There is no threat from Afghanistan soil to our neighbors,” Karzai told journalists at a press conference one day after inking the pact with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. Obama paid a surprise visit to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, last Tuesday night. During his tour, Obama inked the strategic pact with Karzai and visited main U.S. military facilities in Bagram. Karzai said that under the pact, the United States needs to support Afghanistan in all fields including economy and security. –News Track India 
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5 Responses to Iran condemns security pact between Afghanistan and the U.S.

  1. Jerry says:

    A security pact with Afghanistan? What a laught! I’d bet that billions in aid are part of that pact.
    Is Afghanistan going to come to our defence when our economy collapses? Maybe ship over a few hundred tons of heroin at a discounted price?

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  2. son of man says:

    It would seem that Obama is quite the ‘night-owl’ sneaking into Afganistan in the dead of night to sign a new agreement to say “Well done” and ‘we’re pulling out, but just leaving ‘our’ bases fully manned with 10’s of 000’s of troops for security & training purposes and presumably numerous Drones etc …far into the future! (if there is a far distant future?) Reminds me of his New Years Eve 2011/2012 celebrated by signing that other little agreement, the National Defense Authorisation Agreement NDAA in the wee small hours.

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  3. son of man says:

    “Everytime the U.S. has an operation in a country; they leave behind a military base for future operations. They have over 700 in the world”.
    That’s nice. But it seems like a lot of operations…hense so many bases! Sorry if I alluded to a conspiracy, I am against military invasions and occupations….that’s all. Peace ;)

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    • It is a lot of bases and it is a lot of operations but the U.S. chose to seek military bases as more important than land grabs. The U.S. sees one way to prevent wars is to keep your army diffused among the world’s hot spots.

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