Iran Defense Minister: US to face long-term trouble with permanent bases plan
US have to avoid causing long-term trouble for itself by pursuing a plan to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan, Iran's defense minister Brigadier-General Ahmad Vahidi said, IRNA reported.
Vahidi made the remarks in an interview with IRNA before leaving Kabul for Tehran at the end of his two-day visit to Afghanistan.
"If Americans (US officials) were wise, they should avoid causing long-term trouble for themselves by trying to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan," said the Iranian minister.
He said that the plan was part of US efforts "to add another ring to the chain of its hegemony in the region" which was totally rejected by all regional states and nations.
The brigadier-general stressed that presence of outsiders in the region, US in particular, would be harmful for entire region.
"Presence of outsiders in the region is against the national integrity and progress of regional states and an obstacle on their ways to safeguard their own security," Vahidi added.