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News number: 8805250695

14:50 | 2009-08-16

Foriegn Policy

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Iran: Tripartite Afghan Summit Postponed

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh announced the postponement of a tripartite summit of Afghanistan's neighbors to after holding the presidential election in the country.



"We believe that Afghanistan's issues must be settled by regional countries as we witnessed at the Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan summit which will be resumed after Afghanistan's presidential poll," Akhoundzadeh told reporters on Saturday.

He also stressed that it is the will of Afghan people that the regional countries should take the leading role in dealing with the problem, noting that however, there is no problem with the participation of Italy or other European countries in the process.

Akhoundzadeh made the remarks referring to the cancellation of Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini's trip to Iran to invite the country for a G8 summit on Afghanistan in July.

He declared Iran's preparedness to help Afghanistan's people bring peace and stability to their country.