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News number: 8806141327

17:56 | 2009-09-05

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Spokesman Denies Deployment of Israeli Forces at Afghan Borders

TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghanistan's Defense Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi on Saturday dismissed reports on the deployment of Israeli forces at an Afghan border garrison.



Asked to comment on media reports claiming a US-Israeli deal to use an Afghan border post by Israeli forces, Azimi told FNA that such reports are "sheer lies" and "baseless".

The spokesman further pointed out that such unfounded reports should be rooted in the baseless allegations and rumors devised and spread by a number of Pakistani state officials.

"Certain groups within the Pakistani government, which suspect that the Afghan government has established secret ties with the Zionist regime (of Israel), have recently embarked on spreading such rumors," the spokesman went on saying.

"The Afghan government did not and will not have any political and trade ties with Tel Aviv," Azimi reiterated.

Also last week, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry dismissed media reports that the country has concluded an agreement with Israel for the purchase of arms and military equipment.

Pakistan's Observer reported last Friday that Afghanistan has signed a multi million dollar agreement with Israel to purchase armored vehicles and other military tools and equipment.