Iran has not received official requerst to cooperate with NATO in Afghanistan

Politics Materials 13 February 2009 13:43 (UTC +04:00)

Iran, Tehran, Feb. 12 / Trend , A.Namdari/

NATO has not sent an official request to Iran to cooperate in Afghanistan, Iranian Parliamentary Security Commission member Ismail Kosare said.

False reports were circulated in the media. Official negotiations have not yet been conducted. If NATO makes an official request, Iran will review the proposal, Kosare told Trend .

Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said cooperation is possible with NATO in Afghanistan.

On Jan. 26, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer asked Iran to cooperate in Afghanistan.

In response to the proposal, Iranian representative in Kabul Fada Maleki said on Feb. 9 that the alliance should divulge the terms and scope of the alleged cooperation.

NATO began fighting terrorism and drug trafficking 7 years ago, but thus far failed, Maleki said.

Iran has talked about a need to withdraw troops from Afghanistan on numerous occasions.

The statements were made on the backdrop of the Iranian vice president's upcoming visit to the country.

Next week VP Parvez Davoodi will head to Afghanistan to discuss security issues, the IRNA reported.

On Feb. 12, Iranian Foreign Ministry official Hasan Gashgavi said he welcomes NATO-Iranian cooperation in Afghanistan.

NATO was established in Washington on April 4, 1949, as a military defensive organization. The organization unites 26 countries.