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News number: 8810110737

16:29 | 2010-01-01

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Iran, Turkey's Presidents Reject Military Solution to Afghan Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul underlined that there is no military formula for Afghan problem.



In a phone conversation on Thursday, the two sides discussed latest regional issues, including Afghan developments.

They said Afghan people need humanitarian aid for their country's development rather than arms, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

President Ahmadinejad said Afghanistan is a "bloody pain" in body of human beings at large.

"Experience has shown that using force is not effective in Afghanistan because Afghans are more than everything in need of benevolent assistance and contributions to their country's development," he added.

He said all are accountable for the Afghan problem and should strive for improvement of Afghanistan.

The Turkish president, for his part, said his country attaches great importance to Iran as the most important country in the region.

"Promotion of the Tehran-Ankara relations and continued exchange of opinions by officials of the two countries on key regional issues can be very helpful and constructive," Gul said.

More on Afghan issue, Gul said Afghanistan needs humanitarian aid rather than arms and Turkey is in full agreement with Tehran in that concern.