US exit from region will accelerate Afghan peace process: Senior Iranian official
A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the process of restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan will pick up steam without the intervention of invading countries, especially the United States.
According to Press TV, in a meeting with UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto in Tehran on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati said the main problem facing the South Asian state is the presence of aggressors, particularly the US, there.
“If the Americans leave Afghanistan, the country’s civilized and politically-informed people will be able to determine their own fate free from their intervention,” Velayati said.
He pointed to a recent presidential election in Afghanistan and stressed the importance of strengthening unity in the ranks of the Afghan nation.
The senior Iranian official expressed hope that the new Afghan government would start working at the earliest.
“Iran has always supported Afghanistan and the establishment of peace and stability in this country, and measures towards that goal should undoubtedly be taken with the guidance of this country’s government and based on its nation’s will,” he added.
He also called on the United Nations to play a more effective role in Afghanistan given the US conspiracies against the country and the entire region.
The UN envoy, for his part, hailed Iran's efforts and support for the Afghan people and government as well as its positive role in resolving the country's problems.
Given Iran’s effective role in the region, he called for the Islamic Republic's further involvement in the Afghan peace process and cooperation with the United Nations.