Ahmadinejad blames foreigners for regional security woes

April 25, 2009

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted on Wednesday that presence of foreign forces is the main factor behind the growing regional instability.

Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with Afghan Parliament Speaker Mohammad Yunos Qanuni in Tehran.
The president was referring to the resurgence of Taliban in Afghanistan and growing security problems in neighboring Pakistan.
The president stated the presence of foreigners in the region has inflamed extremism.
Some analysts believe that the U.S. bombardments of tribal areas in northwest Pakistan is the main reason for the spread of violence to other regions in the country.
The president also said Afghanistan is facing “colonial plans” by outside powers.
He expressed hope that triangular meetings between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan will yield positive results.
On April 10 in Islamabad Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Kabir Farahi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir resolved to make joint efforts to fight terrorism, extremism and other trans-regional crimes through increased cooperation.
The officials met to consider preparations of an Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan trilateral summit in Tehran, aimed at forging mutual understanding on key issues threatening regional peace and stability.
He went on to say that Iran is ready to help accelerate the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and urged more unity among the Afghan government, parliament and nation.
Qanuni, for his part, said all regional countries are greatly affected by any security problem in a neighboring state.
He said Iran’s plan to establish a triangular cooperation is very effective to contain the rising instability.
He also said Afghanistan welcomes investments by Islamic countries.
Iran spares no effort to improve Afghan stability
In a separate meeting with Qanouni, Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili emphasized that Tehran spares no effort to help promote security and stability in Afghanistan.
Iran’s principled policy is to boost ties with neighboring states, he said.
Qanouni expressed his gratitude to Tehran for “its efforts to promote Afghanistan’s stability” and called on Iran to redouble these efforts.
He pointed out that Afghanistan is determined to strengthen bilateral ties with Iran as it has helped Afghanistan to improve its cultural and economic conditions.
The speaker said Iran plays an important role in stabilizing Afghanistan, and that Iran’s partnership is essential to regional cooperation