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Ambassador Asks Kabul to Consider Iran's Concerns about US-Afghan Strategic Deal.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat reminded that the consequences of the US-Afghan strategic security pact affect Afghanistan's neighbors, and called on Kabul officials to heed Iran's concerns about the deal as well.

Tehran's Ambassador to Kabul Abolfazl Zohrehvand pointed to his recent meeting with senior Afghan officials, and stated, "The point that I told the Afghan officials was that in our view the consequences of this agreement are not restricted to Afghanistan and will have regional and trans-regional impacts and can disturb the regional security structure."

"We asked Afghan officials to reconsider it (deal) more carefully," the diplomat told the Iranian state-run radio, adding, "Afghans should take our concerns into consideration and make its decisions while considering the Afghan people's interests and the security considerations of regional countries."

He said that the deal will also leave deep impacts on the fate of the people in Afghanistan and the region.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States was signed by US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on May 1.

The agreement, which outlines the relationship between the two countries after the US-led war ends in 2014, is not particularly specific, but it calls for the United States to provide training for Afghan troops and other aid through 2024.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ramin Mehman-Parast said that the Agreement is a cause of concern for Iran.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan is possible through the complete withdrawal of foreign forces, the closure of military bases, and dialogue among Afghans within the framework (set by) the High Peace Council," he said.

"The conclusion of the strategic agreement with the United States will not resolve Afghanistan's security problems, and will rather further promote insecurity and instability in the country like 10 years ago," Mehman-Parast noted.

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Date:May 9, 2012
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