Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the US is doomed to fail in its objectives behind the recently sealed Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan.
At a Thursday meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the 12th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing, China, Ahmadinejad pointed out that the US will fail in all its efforts to seize control of the world.
“One of the manifestations of such efforts is the signing of the security agreement with Afghanistan which, I am sure, will bring no benefits to the Americans and they will not achieve their objectives behind the agreement,” the Iranian chief executive pointed out.
On May 2, US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Karzai signed the deal that authorizes the presence of US troops for a period of 10 years after 2014, which was the original date agreed earlier for the departure of all foreign combat troops from Afghanistan.
On May 26, Afghanistan’s parliament approved the security pact.
Ahmadinejad pointed out, “Iran only seeks the establishment of security, peace and prosperity for the people of Afghanistan,” adding that the two countries will always stand by each other under any circumstances.
He made reference to the decade-long US-led war in Afghanistan and noted, “The Americans negotiate with the Taliban behind the scenes, but in an attempt to keep up appearances, they have staged a sham war with the Taliban, which mainly victimizes the innocent people and women and children.”
The Afghan president, for his part, praised Iran’s support for the people of Afghanistan and described the bilateral ties as “unique.”
Karzai reiterated that nothing can create a rift among the two nations and assured that the Afghan nation and government will never allow factors such as the security agreement with the US to pose hazards to the interests of the Islamic RepublicAdmin@khaatumo.com