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Iran raises concerns over US-Afghan strategic treaty

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :8912-01968

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran raised concerns over the US-Afghanistan strategic treaty.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast expressed concerns over possibility of conclusion of a strategic treaty between Washington and Kabul.

Mehmanparast highlighted importance of stability and security in the region and influence of Afghan developments in the Middle East and said the deal goes against Afghanistan's peace, stability and security in the region.

"The agreement will make situation of Afghanistan and the region more complex if approved," Mehmanparast said.

He expressed hope Afghan nation and government keep vigilance and prevent conclusion of the deal.

The United States reportedly plans to set up permanent bases in the war-torn country to keep US troops in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 withdrawal deadline.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has not given a date for finalizing the deal with Washington, but said any long-term partnership would need to be approved by the parliament.

If an agreement is reached on permanent bases, US troops will remain on Afghan soil beyond the planned transfer of security responsibilities by the end of 2014.

The decade-long war in Afghanistan has become more unpopular due to the rising death toll among both Afghan civilians and US-led foreign forces.

The US currently has about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. The total number of coalition forces in the country is 150,000.

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