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Humiliating escape from Afghanistan sign of global decline in US power: Iran’s Parliament speaker

Iran’s parliament speaker, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, says the recent humiliating escape of the US forces from Afghanistan was a sign of deteriorating international power of the United States and proved that trusting a country’s security to the US is a strategic error.

“Various political analysts from across the globe have asserted that the humiliating escape of the US army [from Afghanistan] is a clear sign of declining international clout of the United States,” Qalibaf said while reflecting on the ongoing situation in the war-torn country in his address to an open session of the Iranian legislature on Sunday.

“Fleeing from the country of the US-backed government in Afghanistan and easy takeover of the entire country by the Taliban was a result of widespread dissatisfaction with 20 years of US occupation and inaction of the US administration. This development proved without a speck of doubt that the trust put in the United States by some Afghan statesmen, who believed the US would bring progress and security to their country, was a strategic mistake,” Iran’s parliament speaker said.

“Twenty years after the establishment of a US-backed government and despite all slogans and images created, the country not only did not experience any tangible progress in economic infrastructure and public welfare, but was also devoid of the most basic needs of a civil society, that is, security,” Qalibaf noted.

Qalibaf reaffirmed Iran’s support for the religious and human rights of Afghan people from all racial and religious backgrounds, adding that Iranians want to see countrywide and sustainable security in Afghanistan.

“What the Islamic Republic wants [in Afghanistan] conforms to what the Afghan people want,” Iran’s top legislator said.

The Taliban are poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were removed from power by American invading forces. The Taliban militants intensified their offensives and rapidly overran major cities in recent weeks as the United States started what was seen as a withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, forcing the US-allied Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to flee the country.

The shock takeover also prompted evacuation of thousands of Afghan and foreign civilians via the Kabul airport, while foreign troops also used the airfield to pull out. 

The Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said on Saturday that the group is in the process of forming an inclusive government.

“I assure the people that we strive to improve their living conditions,” Baradar said.

After the hasty and ill-planned withdrawal of US-led forces and the Taliban’s takeover of the war-ravaged country, Afghanistan’s neighboring countries plan to hold a virtual summit to discuss the latest chain of events

Following consultations with the foreign ministers of Russia and China, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, agreed in a telephone conversation on Saturday that a multinational summit will be convened in the next few days. The meeting will be at the level of special representatives and foreign ministers.


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