Iran's president: US should not expand Afghan war

Iran Materials 10 May 2011 10:39 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned US President Barack Obama against extending the war in Afghanistan to neighboring Pakistan, Press TV reported.

"I warn Mr. Obama to take a lesson from [former President George W.] Bush's fate and to stop expanding the war. The best option for him is to withdraw his forces from our region," Ahmadinejad said on Monday.

The Iranian president made the comments at a news conference in Istanbul on the sidelines of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries.

"If he (Obama) makes a wrong decision, he will suffer an even worse fate than that of Bush," Ahmadinejad added.

He went on to say that the US invaded the region after the 9/11 attacks under the pretext of the campaign against terrorism, but there has never been an independent investigation into the events.

The Iranian president also underlined the need to reform the UN structure, noting that the nations of the world have come to the conclusion that the UN must be reformed since the major powers currently control it.

The five-day UN summit with 48 leaders of the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs) began in Istanbul on Monday to discuss a new 10-year aid plan to help lift nations out of poverty.

At the UN conference, the Iranian president presented Iran's six-point plan for reforming the 'unjust' world system.

The UN holds a Least Developed Countries conference every decade. France hosted the first two LDC conferences in 1981 and 1990. The third was held in Brussels in 2001.