US-led invasion worsened Afghan security situation: Iranian diplomat
A senior Iranian diplomat says the US-led invasion of Afghanistan has merely led to the deterioration of the security situation in the Asian country, urging enhanced economic ties with Kabul to pave the way for an international fight against terrorism there.
According to Press TV, Iranian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Es’haq Ale Habib made the remarks on Friday at a Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asian neighbors and the link between peace and security.
“Afghanistan has not become more secure in the wake of the US invasion,” he said. “The fact is that the invasion of Afghanistan, and basically any invasion in our region, has failed to improve the security situation.”
The Islamic Republic believes that Afghanistan should be turned into a place for international cooperation rather than rivalry, he added.
“In the world today, peace, security and development cannot not be bound to a single country’s borders and can only be achieved within all-inclusive regional frameworks,” the Iranian envoy said.
Ale Habib further stressed that increasing economic cooperation with Afghanistan promotes the fight against terrorism.
Over the past decade, Iran has stressed the need for reinforcing economic ties with Afghanistan as an approach towards restoring regional peace, the official noted.
Iran has implemented more than 300 infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, worth about $500 million in total, and hosted millions of Afghan refugees over the past three decades, he pointed out.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan under the guise of the so-called war on terror. Some 17 years on, the local Taliban militant group has only boosted its campaign of violence across the country, targeting both civilians and security forces in bloody assaults.
More recently, Daesh terror group has also taken advantage of the chaos and established a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan.
The Takfiri outfit has stepped up its terror attacks in the war-torn country after losing its bases in Iraq and Syria despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops on Afghan soil.