Afkham: Afghanistan, US Security deal a threat to region

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham

TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) – Iran’s FM spokeswoman has said US security deal with Afghanistan would destabilize the region more.

Marzieh Afkham told reporters on Saturday that the negative records of any US presence in the region had persuaded Iran to have a negative impression of the presence in Afghanistan, and Iran believed that it would not help make Afghanistan more secure and stable.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that any support by the regional and international powers to Afghanistan should not hinge upon the interests of these powers in the region or securing military bases on Afghan soil; the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the establishment of US and NATO basis and forces poses a threat to the whole region, while it respects Afghan territorial integrity and sovereignty; We call on Afghan government to respect its bilateral regional and international commitments signed with the Islamic Republic,” she said.

Afkham also reacted to the statement issued by The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on the disputed three islands in the Persian Gulf; “Greater and Lesser Tonbs, and Abu Musa are integral parts of the Iranian territorial soil,” Afkham told reporters voicing official reaction to 133rd The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, which reportedly reiterated the false claims by the UAE on three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf; “merely repeating baseless and historically false claims are condemned; the Islamic Republic of Iran has set a priority to friendly relations based on the principle of good neighborliness and noninterference on others’ internal affairs, and would set no restrictions on constructive ties,” told Afkham to the press.

The FM spokeswoman also condemned recent terrorist attacks on a mosque in Nigerian city of Cano which killed 120 and wounded 270 others. She also emphasized upon the Nigerian national unity and awareness to prevent further similar actions which would only fuel the ethnic and religious hate.

By Mehr News Agency

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