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Iran insists on realistic approach for Afghanistan

Manouchehr-Mottaki

Iran says countries involved in the Afghanistan crisis should all seek a comprehensive and realistic approach to find a way out of the present predicament.

“All the states which are involved in the Afghanistan war need to research and launch comprehensive and realistic approaches in order to find a solution to the crisis-ridden country,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with his Danish counterpart on the sidelines of the Copenhagen meeting.

“The Major allies who are enmeshed in Afghanistan crisis should back the new regional approach regarding the crisis which is now engulfing parts of neighboring Pakistan,” Mottaki added.

In the wake of the September 11 attack on the US world trade center in 2001, the United States launched an offensive against Afghanistan in an attempt to eradicate the militancy in the country and capture al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The prolonged fighting has claimed many civilian lives, making the al-Qaeda group and the Taliban regain power in the region.

The Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller welcomed the proposed regional initiative, describing it as realistic and compatible with the conditions of the region.

Moller expressed hope that the allies of the war in Afghanistan would fully back the approach.

The two diplomats also exchanged views on Middle East developments, Iran’s nuclear issue and major regional and international topics.

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