MP Warns of Attempts to Spoil Iran-Afghanistan Ties
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker urged vigilance against hostile attempts by the US and certain other Western governments at impairing the relations between Iran and Afghanistan.
The US and some other Western governments have recently launched schemes to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs by arming and supporting terrorist groups, rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, told Tasnim.
The lawmaker warned that such hostile attempts are aimed at undermining the relations between Tehran and Kabul.
He also stressed the need for close cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan to counter the plots, noting that an escalation of tensions would only benefit terrorist groups and foreign powers.
As regards a surge in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Naqavi Hosseini called for concerted action by regional countries to combat terrorism.
He also deplored the muted response by the international community, the UN Security Council, EU, and UN Human Rights Council to a recent attack by insurgents on a village in north of Afghanistan in which a large number of civilians were slaughtered.
During the overnight attack on an Afghan village in the Mirza Olang area of Sayaad district in Sar-e Pul Province last week, militants torched 30 houses and killed as many as 50 people, including children, women and elderly men, most of them members of the largely Shiite Hazara community.