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11/28/06

France wants Iran to join Afghanistan "contact group"

Brussels, Nov 28, IRNA-France on Tuesday will propose that Iran be invited to join a "contact group" of countries and multilateral institutions to coordinate NATO's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, a European daily reported.

The proposal will be made by French President Jacques Chirac at a two-day NATO summit in the Latvian capital Riga, reported the Financial Times newspaper which is printed and distributed in several European capitals simultaneously.

Chirac, who sets out his proposals in an article published by a range of foreign newspapers this morning, calls for "a global strategy, a reinforced political and economic process" to address NATO's difficulties in Afghanistan, according to the daily.

"The establishment of a contact group to bring together the countries of the region, the main nations involved, and the international organizations, as exists already in Kosovo, seems necessary to give our forces all the means to succeed in their mission of supporting the Afghan authorities and to re-focus the alliance on running military operations," says Chirac in his article.

Some NATO officials have already argued that a contact group would be an effective way of both forging international strategy on Afghanistan and committing other countries and institutions to the success of the government of President Hamid Karzai, noted the newspaper.

... Payvand News - 11/28/06 ... --



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