Foreign military presence behind regional woes: Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says foreign military presence lies behind the increase in terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crimes in the region.

During the “Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference” in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday, Salehi stressed that the withdrawal of outsiders will help solve the existing problems.

“There is evidence that the total plots of land in Afghanistan under puppy cultivation will triple next year and as a result, we will witness a tsunami of narcotics and drug trafficking that will not only affect Afghanistan’s neighboring countries but will also have an impact on the whole region and the world,” Salehi added.

As a neighbor to Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a strong conviction that in this regard “a responsible reaction” by the Afghan government and regional countries will safeguard the future of the regional countries against such threats, he added.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still grappling with insecurity.

Foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and to hand over responsibility for security to the Afghan government forces.

The US, however, intends to keep some forces in Afghanistan for “training and counter-terrorism operations.”

By Press TV


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