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Speaker Calls for withdrawal of Foreign Troops from Afghanistan
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan is a main step to the achievement of security in the country. Larijani made the remarks in a meeting the with visiting Afghan First Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim Khan on Saturday. Withdrawal of the alien forces from Afghanistan paves the way for reconstruction and spread of security in Afghanistan, Larijani said. Iranian parliament speaker referring to the two brotherly countries joint historical and cultural background urged closer rations between Tehran and Kabul. He also welcomed recent parliamentary election in Afghanistan and called drug cultivation & trafficking a major obstacle to Afghanistan’s rebuilding. Fahim Khan, for his part, described Iran as an important and powerful regional state, hailing Tehran's efforts and assistance for reconstruction of Afghanistan as well as establishment of security and tranquility in the country. “The Afghan nation will never forget Iran's complete support… in its time of hardship particularly during Afghanistan national resistance,” Qasim Fahim said. “Iran has many capabilities and its progress in global arenas has made all Muslim nations happy,” he concluded. Qasim Fahim arrived in Tehran earlier on Saturday on an official visit to hold talks with Iran's high-ranking officials. In 2001, the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of wiping out terrorism. However, the US-led occupation of the country has now turned into a long war of attrition. Since the start of the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, more than 34,000 Afghan civilians have been killed in the country as a result of the war.

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