Iran Blames Foreign Forces for Instability in Afghanistan

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Muhammad-Ali Fathollahi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs, said that foreign troops in Afghanistan are the cause of instability and insecurity not only in that country but also the region, Fars news service reported on Thursday. During a meeting on Wednesday in Tehran with Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy to Afghanistan, Muhammad-Ali said, “Iran has always supported the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghan government.” He also expressed his concerns over intensifying violence and the current rise in civilian deaths in Afghanistan and said that the recent trend of instability was disadvantageous to the region.