Iran: US Forces must leave Afghanistan
Reporter: Firdous Rasouli
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has called on American troops to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi said the security situation in Afghanistan remains unstable despite the US military presence in the country.
“After almost two decades of US invasion of Afghanistan, it is quite clear that the US has no choice, but to leave that country, and the sooner, the better,” he said at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York about the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security.
“As we have stated time and again, the time-bound and responsible withdrawal of all foreign forces is a strong national demand of the people of Afghanistan,” said Takht-Ravanchi.
He expressed concern over the security situation in the country, saying “the security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile” as there have been numerous attacks and incidents in the country as highlighted in UN reports.
“The increase in the attacks by Daesh (ISIS) is a source of grave concern and underlines the need for combating them seriously and resolutely,” he highlighted.
He said certain countries help transfer ISIS elements from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan, which has significantly boosted the combat capability of the terror group.
“Therefore those countries are also responsible for the crimes committed by Daesh,” said the Iranian envoy.