Iran Pledges to Help Reconstruct Afghanistan

March 31, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A report from the New York Times this morning says, Iran pledged its support to help with the reconstruction of Afghanistan on Tuesday at a meeting between other nations at The Hague. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammed Mehdi Akhondzadeh joined 80 other countries and international organizations, to discuss global solutions to combat the growing violence and drug problems in Afghanistan. Iran also stated it plans to join in efforts by other countries in its region of the world, to stop Afghanistan’s increasing opium poppy production and drug trafficking, which is spilling into Iran’s borders.

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton attended The Hague conference to brief the other nations on President Obama’s decision to send 17,000 troops and 4,000 military trainers to help the Afghan government boost its security forces to combat the growing violence by the Taliban. The Iranian deputy foreign minister, Akhondzadeh, however said Iran did not believe additional foreign troops would solve the problems there.

Foreign policy observers are watching The Hague meetings closely, looking for signs of a face-to face meeting with Clinton and Akhondzadeh as a signal that contentious relations between the two countries may be thawing. Although, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister sat at the group table with Clinton and other representatives from participating nations, no direct dialogue between the two has occurred.

Clinton says she could not rule out a chance meeting with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, but no such meeting is on her official schedule.


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