Sat Dec 8, 2012 6:29PM
US soldiers in Afghanistan (file photo)

US soldiers in Afghanistan (file photo)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the the best way to restore peace to Afghanistan is withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from the war-torn country. “The withdrawal of foreign and US military troops from this country (Afghanistan) is the main solution for Kabul to get rid of [such] challenges as terrorism and insecurity,” Mehmanparast told Pakistani media and reporters in the city of Karachi on Saturday. He added that the US entered the region and Afghanistan with the promise of fighting terrorism but there is evidence to prove that terrorist groups are cooperating with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Stressing that all regional problems are rooted in the presence of transregional troops, Mehmanparast stated that foreign countries should allow regional nations solve their problems by themselves. Mehmanparast also noted that Iran is ready to provide solutions to regional problems, including the situation in Afghanistan. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops. The foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and hand over responsibility for security to the Afghan government. The US, however, intends to keep some forces in Afghanistan for “training and counter-terrorism operations.” AR/SS
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