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News number: 9006200186

15:35 | 2011-09-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian Official Warns of US Suspicious Moves in Bonn Conference on Afghanistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US cannot attain its goals in the upcoming international conference on Afghanistan in Germany and it will, thus, attempt to rock the boat and hinder the confab from gaining success, a senior Iranian foreign ministry official cautioned.



"The moves made by the US to lengthen its presence in Afghanistan run counter to the goals of the meeting in Germany which seeks to establish peace in Afghanistan," Head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Afghanistan Headquarters Mohsen Pakayeen told FNA on Monday.

He further cautioned that the United States' use of Afghanistan as an instrument to materialize its suspicious goals in the region will "push the Bonn II meeting to failure".

In December 2011, Germany will host an international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Iran has been officially invited by Germany to participate in the international convention.

Michael Steiner, Germany's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has invited Iran to take part in the international conference.

Steiner extended the invitation in a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific and Commonwealth of Independent States Affaires Mohammad Ali Fathollahi on Wednesday.

The aim of the confab is to give impetus to political process concerning Afghanistan and cement the international community's long-term commitment beyond 2014.

Preparations for the conference will be made by the International Contact Group on Afghanistan in close coordination with the Afghan government, with Germany taking the lead.