TEHRAN, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday that presence of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan has led to more violence, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Ramin Mehmanparast rejected recent statements by the Commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal who accused Iran of equipping rebel forces in Afghanistan, said the report.
"Observers of Afghanistan's affairs have unanimously agreed that the U.S. presence in Afghanistan had two major and costly consequences including the return of violence and revival of the extremist forces in that country as well as boost of illegal drugs production in Afghanistan," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.
Tehran was one of the pioneers of the fight against terrorism and anti-drugs campaign, the spokesman said according to IRNA.
Iranian officials have said that the United States and its allies have failed to fight terrorism and bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.
Massive protests held against U.S. role in Afghanistan
KABUL, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Afghans held a massive protest against the United States in the downtown area of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Sunday, demanding an end of the U.S. role in Afghanistan.
Holding banners "Permanent U.S. military bases equals permanent slavery of Afghan people", "Occupation equals killing plus destruction" in their hands, the protesters shouted "Death to America" as they marched on the downtown street. Full story
America's risky game in Middle East
BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- As unrest is rattling the nerves of some Middle Eastern and North African countries, the United States seems eager to step into the limelight and is banging the drum for "democracy."
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Iran: "strategic treaty" of U.S., Afghanistan "jeopardizes Afghan peace"
TEHRAN, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the prospects of "strategic treaty" between the U.S. and Afghanistan will jeopardize Afghan peace and will make the situation more complicated, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Mehmanparast said the Islamic Republic is concerned about peace, stability and security in the region, adding that signing strategic pact with the U.S. will jeopardize the trend of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the entire region, according to the report. Full story
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