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Instead of helping Afghanistan's development, US wreaked havoc, left country with humiliation: Leader’s aide

In this photo taken on March 12, 2002, US soldiers disembark from a CH-46 Chinook helicopter at Bagram Air Base, located in the ancient city of Bagram, about 45 miles north of Kabul. (Photo by AFP)

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says during its military presence in Afghanistan, the United States wreaked havoc there instead of helping Afghanistan’s development, and finally left the country with humiliation.

Ali Akbar Velayati made the remarks while addressing a one-day webinar themed “Afghanistan, Peace, and Sustainable Security,” which was held in the Iranian capital on Monday, attended by a number of Afghan elites and intellectual figures.

“Instead of [bringing] development and prosperity [to Afghanistan], the US wreaked havoc there and committed horrendous crimes in this country and despite its primary delusions, is now leaving the country of dignified Mujahedeen with humiliation and ignominy,” Velayati said.

He added that the US still seeks to cause more destruction and sow discord among the noble Afghan people through evil acts of provocation," but the Afghan elites and intellectual figures are aware of such malicious objectives and will foil these plots."

Twenty years after invading Afghanistan, US-led coalition troops vacated the largest military base in the war-torn country, located in the ancient city of Bagram, about 45 miles north of Kabul, on July 2.

The sprawling airfield, which was once the epicenter of US military operations in Afghanistan, was on Friday formally handed over to the Afghan forces, according to media reports, quoting officials.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati, who chairs the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, said the Islamic Republic has always called for fostering unity and amity among the Afghan people, who have played a leading role in the Islamic civilization in the past.

History of the past 40 years proves that foreign powers have waged an extensive and bloody war among different Afghan tribes, who had peaceful coexistence for thousands of years, and caused huge and irreparable damage, Velayati said, stressing the importance of remaining vigilant and taking steps to bolster amity.

He reaffirmed Iran's support for the Afghan people in their efforts to promote peace, security and development, saying, "The Afghan people have always showed resistance against all acts of aggression and extremism, and armed-to-the-teeth military forces of the West and East have suffered defeat in the face of their will and resistance."

The Tehran meeting comes more than a week after Iran hosted a round of intra-Afghan talks, attended by four delegations, including representatives of the Afghan government and parliament, the Taliban militant group and prominent figures supporting the Republic system in the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, senior negotiators from the Afghan government and the Taliban also met for fresh peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday as Taliban militants escalated attacks on cities and villages and took over a vast swath of territory.

In an admission of defeat in its longest military adventure so far, the US government has said the war in Afghanistan has “not been won militarily” as it draws curtains on the 20-year long campaign.

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said US President Joe Biden had “no plans” of marking the complete drawdown of US-led allied forces from the war-ravaged country.

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