03 March 2020 - 12:54
News ID: 449396
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US is the main source of problems in all countries of the Middle East, adding that the region will still suffer from American-made mess even after Washington’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

RNA - “US occupiers should’ve never invaded Afghanistan. But they did and blamed everyone else for consequences. Now, after 19 years of humiliation, the US has tendered its surrender whether in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq or Yemen, the US is THE problem it will leave the region while leaving huge mess behind,” Zarif wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

Zarif' remarks came a day after US and Taliban representatives signed a pact aimed at gradually withdrawing foreign troops from Afghanistan.

The US and the Taliban movement signed the long-awaited peace agreement in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday, which includes US withdrawal from the country after 19 years.

The US and the Afghan government previously released a joint statement ahead of the US accord with the Taliban, in which Washington committed to pull out US and NATO military personnel from the Central Asian country within fourteen months.

Washington also pledged to refrain from the use of force to preserve the territorial integrity of Afghanistan and committed itself to not intervening in the country's domestic affairs.

Kabul, in turn, pledged to engage the UN Security Council to have the Taliban removed from its sanctions list by 29 May.

The agreement was signed by US Peace Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and one of the Taliban's senior leaders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Sunday welcomed any development which helps peace and stability in Afghanistan, but meantime, underlined that it is legally unjustifiable for the US to sign a peace agreement or decide about the fate of the war-torn country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any development which helps peace and stability in Afghanistan and supports efforts to this end but under Afghan leadership and by Afghans,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.


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