Iran envoy blames foreign presence for Afghan insecurity
Mahmoud Barimani, head of international economic and specialized organizations at Iran's Foreign Ministry, says foreign troop presence in Afghanistan has heightened up insecurity there, IRNA reported.
Addressing the UN General Assembly session on Afghanistan on Thursday, Barimani said such challenges as insecurity, poor infrastructure, drugs and refugees are the most important sources of concern in the country.
He said foreign forces entered Afghanistan nine years ago to restore peace and security and reconstruct the country but based on many reports, insecurity has grown there.
He said Iran supports the UN playing a role there.
He noted that foreign troop build up and growing military operations in Afghanistan do not necessary solve problems there.
He voiced concern over four million increase in number of the poor population and food shortage in the country over the past two years, saying it is not clear what the US companies have done with the USD18 billion they received for Afghan reconstruction.
'The question is: Hasn't the cash been put in pockets of the arms manufacturing and security companies?' he questioned.