Tehran opposes establishment of foreign military bases in Afghanistan
Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs, Abbass Araghchi, on Wednesday stressed Iran's opposition to establishment of foreign military bases in Afghanistan, IRNA reported.
Addressing the second meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Afghan issue, in Moscow, Araghchi referred to the grave role of Afghanistan in regional developments and said concern about conditions in the country after exit of foreign forces from the country is baseless.
He emphasized that by 2014, when NATO military forces are supposed to leave Afghanistan, every body should trust potential of Afghanistan's Islamic government in running the country's affaires.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Araghchi said Tehran welcomes departure of foreign forces from Afghanistan; however, the forces before leaving the country should fulfill their responsibility for empowering the country's military forces.
He also referred to the possibe establishment of the US military bases in Afghanistan and said such a move is in contradiction with regional peace and security. He said establishment of foreign military bases in Afghanistan would would ony encourage terrorist groups, foment tensions and is a threat to peace and stability of the region.