Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Iran voices concerns over unrest in Afghanistan

Iran voices concerns over unrest in Afghanistan 2004-08-18 17:12:56

"TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran on Wednesday voiced its concerns over the unrest in the western Afghan province of Herat,the official IRNA news agency reported. "Such incidents violate the security and peace of people in Herat and will leave negative impacts on the trend of province's reconstruction," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi was quoted as saying.

Afghanistan's Herat province borders upon Iran and its security situation exerts great influence on Iran. Tensions between Herat's governor Ismael Khan and his opponents turned into armed conflicts recently. The opponent military groups launched attack upon the provincial city of Herat on Aug. 14.

"We call on the sides involved to stop clashes and refer to dialogue," Asefi said. "The Islamic Republic hopes the interim Islamic government of Afghanistan will restore peace and security to Herat province as well as other regions through adoption of appropriate measures and prompt control of the situation," he added. Enditem"


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