U.S. presence has aggravated problems in Afghanistan: Iran

March 7, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – The presence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has exacerbated violence and extremism, and multiplied the production of narcotics in the war-torn country, an Iranian Foreign Ministry official insisted on Sunday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast made the remarks in response to Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, a commander of the U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, who had accused Iran of arming militants in Afghanistan.
“There is a consensus among the observers of Afghanistan’s developments that the U.S.-led military presence in Afghanistan had two serious and costly consequences including the return of violence and reemergence of extremists,” Mehmanparast told reporters.
In addition, it has caused several-fold increase in the production and transit of narcotics in the country, he said.
A large quantity of narcotics is transported from the airports located in the areas which are under control of the U.S. forces, he noted.
The spokesman also said that the U.S. forces are killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan everyday, adding only in the last week more than 70 Afghan citizens were killed by U.S. forces.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mehmanparast said that Iran is closely monitoring the U.S. forces’ movements and relations with the terrorist groups in Afghanistan