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Iran most successful state in acting on its pledges in Afghanistan: Official

Tokyo, Feb 4, IRNA - Iran has proven to be the most successful country over the past years in fulfilling its obligations in connection with Afghanistan development and reconstruction, said an Iranian official in charge of Afghanistan.

Head of the Afghanistan Affairs Headquarters at Foreign Ministry Mohammad-Ebrahim Taherian told IRNA that since 2002, when Iran pledged at the Tokyo Conference on Afghan Reconstruction to pay about dlrs 560 million both in loans and grants for Afghan development and reconstruction, the country has commissioned more than 330 small and big projects in Afghanistan.

Taherian said that politically too, Iran has over the past five years used all its present capacities for development and security of Afghanistan.

He said that during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Afghanistan too, agreement was reached between the two sides for Iran's investment in the next two years in Afghanistan's remaining and new projects in power supply to Farah and the strategic project of connecting Khwaf-Sangan track to Herat.

He added that in the next Tokyo Conference on Afghan Development and Reconstruction too, which will be held from February 5-6, Iranian delegation will outline Iran's activities in the country, expecting the international community to present reports on outcome of their measures and pledges made in 2002.

The Iranian official said Iran, a country sharing long borders with Afghanistan, is not pleased with performance of the international community in connection with their pledges.

On the other hand, he added, since Afghan government has been lected democratically, Iran believes the government and nation of Afghanistan should be fully supported.

Head of the Afghan Headquarters in Foreign Ministry said Iranian delegation wants to tell the Conference that Iran has fulfilled its pledges completely and has acted even far beyond the obligations and is ready to undertake new commitments for development and reconstruction of the country.

"Iran expects the international community, especially the host country, Japan, to act on their commitments. Today, we are witnessing hat security and development have not progressed but have deteriorated in parts of Afghanistan, which is unaccepable," he said.

He added that Iran is today hosting millions of illegal Afghan refugees, which is a proof to existence of improper conditions in the country.

He noted that presently poppy cultivation is in its highest level in Afghanistan, which is not worthy of the Afghan nation and the neighboring states. That can entail dangerous messages for the international community even, he added.

Taherian hoped that an atmosphere will be available in the Tokyo meeting for careful examination of Afghan events.

He also hoped that international community will act on their ommitments and duties in Afghan reconstruction and development, thus helping restore stability and security there.

The official added that one of the reasons Afghanistan is not in the least favorable condition is failure of the international community to act on its commitments in connection with the country.

Twenty-four countries, including Iran, and international organizations are expected to be present in the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan Development and Reconstruction on February 5-6.

The meeting is to focus on ways of helping Afghan reconstruction.

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