US presence in Afghanistan only caused destruction, massacre: President Raisi

US presence in Afghanistan only caused destruction, massacre: President Raisi

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi says the military presence of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan brought nothing to that country, but destruction and killing of its people.

Raisi made the remarks in a Monday meeting with the new ambassador of Latvia, Peteris Vaivars, during which the two sides reviewed bilateral relations and international cooperation.

“Today, at the international arena, we are witnessing serious problems as well as the injustice that is being done to some countries like Afghanistan and Palestine,” he said.

Reflecting on the 20-year military presence of the United States and NATO in the neighboring country of Afghanistan, Iran’s chief executive said, “Presence of the US and NATO in Afghanistan had no other outcome but destruction and massacre [of people], and did not lead to establishment of security neither for Afghanistan, nor for the rest of the region.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is opposed to any measure that would goad the world toward unilateralism and war,” Iran’s president said.

He added that the ongoing war and conflict in Ukraine must not divert attention away from the crisis in Afghanistan and the problems facing the country’s people as well as its large population of refugees.

“Iran opposes killing of innocent people anywhere in world”

In another meeting on Monday, Iran’s president received the new ambassador of Montenegro, Perisa Kastratovic, telling him that the two countries enjoy good potential for further expansion of interactions and promotion of relations.

Referring to the war in Balkans, Iran’s president described it as a “bitter experience” for that region and the world, saying, “Iran’s principled policy has always been to support peace, stability and progress and oppose war.”

“Iran is opposed to conflict and killing of innocent people at any place in the world,” he said.