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Iran favors secure, stable Afghanistan: Envoy

Iranian Acting Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Iran says it favors a secure, stable and progressing Afghanistan, urging all Afghan political groups to work toward a better future for the country.

Addressing a session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Iranian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-

Iran says it favors a secure, stable and progressing Afghanistan, urging all Afghan political groups to work toward a better future for the country.

Addressing a session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Iranian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani hailed the participation of the Afghan people in the country’s June runoff presidential election despite threats by terrorists to disrupt the vote. He also welcomed the formation of the Afghan national unity government.

Iran invites all political groups in Afghanistan to cooperate within the framework of the Constitution to strengthen the country’s independence, territorial integrity and national unity to secure a peaceful and promising future, the envoy added.

Touching on security along Iran’s eastern neighbor, Dehqani said that any measure aimed at equipping and training Afghan security forces beyond 2014 needs to be approved by the Kabul government.

Afghanistan held a presidential election in April followed by a runoff in June.

Both candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah claimed to have won the presidential election, but after months of wrangling they signed a deal to form a unity government in September.

Under the deal to share power, Ghani was named the president while his opponent holds a chief executive position similar to that of prime minister.

Meanwhile, the new Afghan government signed a long-delayed security deal with the US in September, which will allow American troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.

The controversial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was sealed by Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador to Kabul James Cunningham on September 30.

ailed the participation of the Afghan people in the country’s June runoff presidential election despite threats by terrorists to disrupt the vote. He also welcomed the formation of the Afghan national unity government.

Iran invites all political groups in Afghanistan to cooperate within the framework of the Constitution to strengthen the country’s independence, territorial integrity and national unity to secure a peaceful and promising future, the envoy added.

Touching on security along Iran’s eastern neighbor, Dehqani said that any measure aimed at equipping and training Afghan security forces beyond 2014 needs to be approved by the Kabul government.

Afghanistan held a presidential election in April followed by a runoff in June.

Both candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah claimed to have won the presidential election, but after months of wrangling they signed a deal to form a unity government in September.

Under the deal to share power, Ghani was named the president while his opponent holds a chief executive position similar to that of prime minister.

Meanwhile, the new Afghan government signed a long-delayed security deal with the US in September, which will allow American troops to remain in the country beyond 2014.

The controversial Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was sealed by Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador to Kabul James Cunningham on September 30.

By Press TV

 

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