Iranian FM: US Mistakes Root Cause of Current Situation in Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian blamed the US for the current situation in Afghanistan, stressing that Iran wants its neighboring country free from terrorism and narcotics.
Amir Abdollahian made the remakrs, addressing a virtual conference on Afghanistan that was being hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday.
“Today, all of us are faced with new circumstances and a new challenge in Afghanistan,” Amir Abdollahian said.
“An important part of the factor that has driven instability, insecurity, and the current disorderly situation in Afghanistan is rooted in the US trial-and-error-ridden policies and mistakes in Afghanistan," he added.
Amir Abdollahian then went on to enumerate the international community’s political and humanitarian duties towards the Central Asian nation amid the situation.
On the political level, members of the international community have to endeavor towards helping create an inclusive government that features all the concerned parties in Afghanistan, he said.
The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic, itself, concerning the country also relies on support for an Afghanistan that is free from terrorism, and narcotics, where the Afghan people can fully exercise their right to self-determination, the foreign minister said.
It is only one such government that could guarantee safety, stability, and development in Afghanistan, urged the Iranian official.
On the humanitarian level, the world has to scramble immediately to ensure the flow of aid to Afghanistan, he said, and expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to help in the area by facilitating the transfer of the supplies towards the country.
Meantime, Amir Abdollahian deplored the poor quality of the international community’s performance concerning the situation of the Afghan refugees.
In relevant remarks last week, Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi underlined that the war crimes committed by foreign forces in Afghanistan should not go unpunished.
"Afghanistan is going through a critical period. Hundreds of thousands have fled the country; Nearly 600,000 others have been displaced; Basic food is running out and 18.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance," Takht Ravanchi said addressing a UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.
The Iranian ambassador said that the current situation in Afghanistan is first of all a direct result of the intervention of the US and other foreign powers in Afghanistan and their irresponsible withdrawal.
"When they entered Afghanistan, they brought disaster to the Afghans, and when they left, they left a tragedy for the Afghans," Takht Ravanchi added.
He reiterated that the path to stability, lasting peace and sustainable development in Afghanistan is practically through inter-Afghan negotiations with the active participation of real all ethnic, linguistic and religious groups.
Takht Ravanchi said that Iran also strongly believes that under no circumstances should Afghan territory be used to threaten or attack a country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist activities.
"Terrorist groups such as ISIL, which are a major threat to Afghanistan and the region, should not be allowed to operate in Afghanistan," he added.
The Iranian ambassador pointed out that Afghanistan needs help to overcome its current problems.
He, meantime, said that Iran is ready to further develop and deepen its cooperation with Afghanistan in all areas to help build a secure and prosperous Afghanistan.