January 18, 2018

NATO troops presence in Afghanistan catastrophic for Iran

By Meena Haseeb - Thu Mar 07 2013, 9:40 am

Iran oppose US troops presence in AfghanistanAn Iranian lawmaker on Wednesday criticized the presence of US-led coalition security forces in Afghanistan and called it a catastrophy for Iran.

Ezzatollah Yousefian-Mollah, the Iranian lawmaker quoted by Iran’s Press TV said, “In recent weeks, NATO committed crimes that forced Afghan President Hamid Karzai to expel part of these [NATO] forces from two provinces on charges of creating insecurity and instability.”

Mr. Yousfeian-Mollah also urged the Afghans to closely look at the Kabul-Washington strategic pact highlighting the recent visit by NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Afghanistan.

He said, “If they [Afghans] grant capitulation rights to Western soldiers [it means] they have literally given up their right to political independence and sovereignty.”

Kabul signed a long term strategic cooperation agreement with Washington earlier in May last year and the two nations are holding talks on a new phase of security agreement between Kabul and Washington that will allow US troops footprint in the country and other military installations beyond 2014 which is the deadline for the withdrawal of all NATO combat troops from Afghanistan.

The issue of security agreement between Kabul and Washington has created concerns for the neighboring countries of Afghanistan specifically for the Islamic of Iran.

Afghanistan is due to hold a traditional Loya Jirga — grand assembly to discuss the most important aspect of the security agreement between Kabul and Washington, which is to grand immunity for the US troops in Afghanistan.

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