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Raeisi: US, NATO presence only brought death, destruction to Afghanistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi (R) shakes hands with the visiting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, General Nadeem Raza, in Tehran on June 28, 2022. (Photo by

Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi says two decades of the military presence of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) brought nothing to Afghanistan but bloodshed and destruction.

Raeisi made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan General Nadeem Raza in Tehran on Tuesday.

“It is imperative that the Taliban form a broad-based government in Afghanistan in a way that all ethnic groups participate in it to bring peace and development to the country," he said.

The Iranian chief executive thanked the Pakistani government and army for their cooperation to improve security on the common border areas and said, “Good relations between the two countries’ armed forces have created relatively appropriate security conditions on the border between the two countries.”

The Pakistani general, for his part, described Iran as a close friend of his country and noted that numerous diplomatic visits of Pakistani officials to Iran in the past month proved Islamabad's keenness to boost relations with Tehran.

In a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian late last month, Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Islamabad is determined to strengthen cooperation with Iran, particularly in the economic sector, expressing hope for a removal of obstacles in the way of enhancing ties.

The top Pakistani diplomat said the two countries enjoy good relations as well as cultural and historical commonalities.

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