The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani made the remarks during a meeting with the Afghan defense minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami during a meeting in Tehran.
“The experiences in Iraq and Syria show that the US is the main player organizing terrorists and fomenting instability and insecurity in these countries, and certain reactionary Arab regimes have also supported this process financially and logistically” he was quoted as saying.
Gen. Bahrami visited Iran on official invitation of the Iranian military officials to hold talks with the country’s defense and security officials regarding the issues of bilateral interest.
The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri had earlier said that his country seeks expansion in military cooperation with Afghanistan.
He had also expressed hope that the Afghan military delegation’s visit would result in more cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces.
This comes as Iran is accused of supporting the certain insurgent groups in Afghanistan.
“Iran’s desire for influence in Afghanistan remains strong. Iran seeks increased influence in Afghanistan through government partnerships, bilateral trade, and cultural and religious ties,” Pentagon stated in its report regarding Afghanistan late last year.
The report also adds that Iran provides some support to the Taliban and publicly justifies its relationship with the Taliban as a means to combat the spread of ISIS-K in Afghanistan.
“Iran’s support to the Taliban undermines the Afghan Government’s credibility, adds to instability in the region, and complicates strategic partnership agreements,” Pentagon had warned.