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Sayyed Khamenei: Foreign Forces Presence Problematic for Afghans

Khamenei-meeting-Afghan-and-Tajik-PresidentIn a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei called on regional states to stand united against enemy plots to cause division.

Karazai and Rahmon are in Tehran for the tripartite summit of Persian-speaking heads of states.

Sayyed Khamenei stressed that the “development, security and prosperity” of Afghanistan and Tajikistan benefits Iran just as “Iran’s development and security is beneficial for regional states.”

“There are some who are against cooperation between these three countries,” his eminence said, adding that regional states should counter such threats with “vigilance.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the problems of the Afghan people stem from foreign military presence. “Foreigners who came to Afghanistan with the slogan of establishing security and democracy are now targeting civilians and their presence has nothing but atrocity and corruption for the people of Afghanistan,” the Leader said.

“World powers only pursue their own interests and their never-ending greed in the region, but today the situation of the region and the capabilities of these powers are extremely different from the past.”

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