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Afghan president in Tehran for key talks

English.news.cn   2013-12-08 17:58:21            

TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Tehran on Sunday for talks on a number of key bilateral and regional issues with senior Iranian officials, Press TV reported.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said that Tehran would convey its concerns to Karzai over a potential security pact between Afghanistan and the United States.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said earlier that if the proposed security pact between the United States and Afghanistan is signed it would have negative consequences for the region.

The Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), if passed by the Afghanistan Loya Jirga assembly, will allow parts of the U.S. troops to stay in the country after NATO withdraws from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Iran has accused the presence of foreign forces as the source of violence and instability in its neighboring countries.

The Afghan president, who is on a one-day visit to Iran, will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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