Iran’s President Raeisi: Bloodshed sole outcomes of US, NATO invasion of Afghanistan

2021-12-16 21:49:51
Iran’s President Raeisi: Bloodshed sole outcomes of US, NATO invasion of Afghanistan

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says two decades of the military presence of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan had no other result for the Afghan people but bloodshed and backwardness.

Raeisi was speaking in a meeting with visiting Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in Tehran on Thursday, during which the two sides discussed further development of bilateral relations, especially in economic and political fields.

Referring to the dire situation of Afghanistan after two decades of Western military presence in the war-torn country, Iran’s president said, “The outcome of two decades of the [military] presence of the NATO and the US in Afghanistan is murder, crime, bloodshed, and backwardness of Afghan people.”

“More than 30,000 Afghan children are now grappling with various kinds of disabilities as a result of the Americans’ presence” in their country, Raeisi said.

Iran's chief executive then underscored the need for the Afghan people to rule their own country, stressing that Afghanistan must be run by an independent government.

“There are nearly four million Afghan migrants in Iran and they have been received warmly. Western countries have made many promises to help Afghan migrants but have not helped them in any way,” Iran's president said.

For his part, Szijjártó said he believes the West and NATO acted hypocritically on the issue of Afghanistan, expressing concern about the massive influx of Afghan refugees.

Voicing satisfaction with the Iranian government’s attention to boosting trade and economic relations with Hungary, the Hungarian minister said his country is working to improve the level of relations between Tehran and Budapest.

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