Iran dubs foreign troop presence source of instability in Afghanistan


KABUL: Addressing the security council meeting on Afghanistan, Iran’s permanent envoy to the United Nations announced support to the Afghan peace process and deemed foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan necessary.

Ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi said, “Iran and Afghanistan enjoy common religious, cultural, linguistic and historical backgrounds, and our stability, socio-cultural development, and economic growth are intertwined.”

According to him, the decades of war and instability in Afghanistan would only end through an inclusive Afghan-led peace process.

He called on the warring parties to show flexibility and patience throughout this opportunity, adding “the peace process must preserve Afghanistan’s present Constitution, human and women’s rights, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as past achievements.”

Meanwhile, the Iranian Ambassador called foreign forces presence in Afghanistan as a source of instability in the country. “However, as many countries have stressed, their withdrawal must be orderly and responsible.”

This comes in the wake of the U.S. and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan General Scott Miller recently receiving orders to reduce foreign troops’ presence from the current 4,000 to 2,500 by mid-January.