Abduction of Iranians Not to Hinder Iran's Aid to Afghanistan
Chairman of the Kabul Center for Strategic Studies Aref Rahmani stressed that terrorist moves, including the recent abduction of 12 Iranian engineers, will not undermine Tehran's continued aids and support for the Afghan people, FARS NEWS reported.
"It is unlikely that abduction of a number of Iranian engineers could affect Iran's ties or the country's aid to the Afghan reconstruction as well as its support for the Kabul government and people," Aref Rahmani told FNA.
Meantime, he dismissed the speculations that the kidnapping was a politically-tainted move, and said abductors were after blackmailing.
As regards Iran's reaction to the development, Rahmani stated, "Given Afghanistan's political and security status, such minor events, which are certainly against the will of the Afghan people and government, should not worry the Iranian statesmen about Afghanistan or make them think that providing support for the Afghan people and government has become more difficult."
All the 12 Iranian engineers who were abducted in Afghanistan last Sunday have been freed and are now on their way back home, an Iranian provincial official announced on Wednesday.
The abducted engineers were working on road construction projects in Afghanistan. Kabul officials revealed last week that a dozen Iranian engineers and five Afghan nationals had been abducted in Western Afghanistan.
"These individuals were abducted with their two cars in the Hassan-Abad region of this province yesterday afternoon," Spokesman of the Governor of Afghanistan's Western Farah province Naqibollah Farahi told FNA last Monday.
"The abducted individuals were working in a construction company and were building a training center for the Afghan police," Farahi added. Farah province is located in Afghanistan's Western borders with Iran.