Iranian FM slams Obama's troop surge plan in Afghanistan

21:28, December 03, 2009      

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Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki slammed U.S. President Barack Obama's troop surge plan in Afghanistan, saying troop increase will not resolve the Afghan crisis, local satellite Press TV reported Thursday.

Washington's decision to dispatch 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan will not stabilize the war-torn country, and "increasing forces in Afghanistan will not resolve the crisis in that country," Mottaki was quoted as saying.

"The real solution for Afghanistan is to respect its sovereignty and let the Afghan people determine their own political fate," the top Iranian diplomat said Wednesday.

After months of review, Obama on Tuesday renewed his strategy for Afghanistan by sending 30,000 additional troops to the country in a decisive war against al-Qaeda network and extremists.

Obama also called on all U.S. allies, especially the NATO members, to offer their firm support for U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan to successfully dismantle, disrupt and destroy the al-Qaeda network.

Source: Xinhua
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