Iran seeks 'responsible' US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

A senior Iranian official said his country favors a "responsible" US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, adding an early pullout would compromise the Afghan national interest, TOLOnews reported

Nov 16, 2020
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A senior Iranian official said his country favors a "responsible" US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, adding an early pullout would compromise the Afghan national interest, TOLOnews reported. 

Rasoul Mousavi, director-general for West Asia in Iran’s foreign ministry, in an interview with an Iranian local media, said Iran supports a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan but added the country is in favor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan system rather than the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 

The comment came in the backdrop of speculation about the early US troop withdrawal amid the change in leadership of the Pentagon in the US. The Iranian official said abandoning Afghanistan to an anti-government group (Taliban) “will not be a responsible withdrawal and it will be a betrayal to national interests of (the) country.”  

Earlier, both, Pakistan and Russia, also favored a responsible pull out of the US troops from Afghanistan. Iran and Pakistan, which share borders with Afghanistan, fear chaos and instability in Afghanistan will have security ramifications in their own countries if the US opts for a jerk exist.

Earlier in the 90s when Afghanistan  was engulfed in the civil war after the Soviet troop withdrew from the country, both Iran and Pakistan faced a massive influx of refugees in their countries. 

Around five million refugees still live in Pakistan and in Iran the figure is around two million. For Russia, the main concern is the stability of the neighboring Central Asian nations whom it sees as vital for its security. 

In case, Afghanistan slips into another civil war, Russia will have to deploy its troops in the Central Asian countries, as it did in the 90s, that share their borders with Afghanistan.  

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