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Afghanistan won’t allow U.S. military use its bases against neighbors

14 Jan 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghanistan will not allow the United States to use its bases in the country to conduct any act of aggression against neighboring countries, says a top Afghan diplomat.

“Relations with neighbors are of special significance to the

Afghan government in Kabul. Therefore, we will never allow the US to use its

military bases against our neighbors such as Iran and Pakistan,” said Abdul

Rahim Sayed Jan, Afghan ambassador to Turkey.

“The presence of US bases in Afghanistan has always been a

source of concern for our neighbors, although, in line with the Afghan

government’s agreement with the US, Washington can never use these bases

against our neighbors,” added the envoy in his address to a conference on

Afghanistan in Turkish capital Ankara, Turkish daily Yeni Akit reported.

The top diplomat also said he considered the Taliban

militant group to be a paramilitary group formed by foreign countries in the

Central Asian nation. Sayed Jan also ruled out any association between the

militant outfit and Islam.

“We do not consider them to be an Islamic group,” he noted,

saying many of the group’s members had been “brainwashed with wrongful


Late last month, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the

country hosted a delegation from the Taliban to discuss possible ways to

end hostilities in Afghanistan, which is still reeling from chaos 18 years

after the US invasion.

“Since the Taliban are in control of more than 50 percent of

Afghanistan, and given the insecurity, instability and other issues that the

country is dealing with, they (the Taliban) were interested in talks with

Iran,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said at the time.

Regarding the presence of terror groups in Afghanistan,

Sayed Jan said the al-Qaeda and Daesh Takfiri terror groups had likewise been

formed by foreign states to create insecurity in other countries.

Since late 2017, Daesh, which has already lost all its urban

strongholds in Iraq and Syria, has taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan

and established a foothold in eastern and northern regions, launching brutal

attacks against both civilians and security forces.

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