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Iran: U.S. presence in Afghanistan cause of more violence

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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.

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