Iran will not attend London conference
Iran has announced that it will not attend the conference on Afghanistan that opens today in London.
Iran believes this conference will not be successful since it will not address the root problems of Afghanistan, which is the only way to help resolve the country's crisis, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday.
It seems that the main focus of the conference will be discussions on the deployment of more troops to Afghanistan, he added.
Iran still believes that there is no military solution to the Afghanistan crisis and that the country's problems can only be solved through regional cooperation, he said.
Mehmanparast also noted that the campaign against drug production and the need to establish an economic infrastructure and eliminate extremism in Afghanistan are important issues that should be addressed and resolved.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had invited Afghan President Hamid Karzai, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, NATO allies, Afghanistan's neighbors, regional powers, and key international bodies to the London conference to set a political and security timetable for Afghanistan for 2010 and beyond. The task includes setting out a roadmap for Afghan forces to gradually take over more security responsibilities and refining an exit strategy for NATO forces.