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Iran FM in Germany for Afghanistan International talks

Source: ISNA

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is Germany for Bonn Conference, aiming at charting a course for Afghanistan's future.

Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi with German counterpart Guido Westerwelle (file photo)

Leading a delegation, Salehi is to deliver a speech in the conference. Iranian Chief Diplomat is to meet with foreign ministers of other countries to discuss regional developments. He also held talks with his Tajik and Afghan counterparts.

The conference which started Monday is to be attended by Afghanistan's neighbors, except Pakistan, as well as the world powers and representatives of international organizations.

Islamabad will be absent from the meeting in protest at a last week US-led NATO air strike at a Pakistani border post, which led to the killing of, at least, 26 soldiers. Ever since the incident, relations between Islamabad and the West, specially the US, have growingly deteriorated.

Ten years after the first Afghanistan Conference in Bonn in 2001, the international community is meeting in Bonn again on 5 December 2011.

Salehi criticizes German officials' positions

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticized some German officials' positions on Iran.

Salehi made the remarks in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Bonn, where arrived in to join the international talks on Afghanistan. The two sides also discussed regional developments particularly the issue of Afghanistan and other issues of mutual interests.

Westerwelle on his part said, "I am happy that a high-ranking Iranian delegation led by foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran is joining Bonn II Conference. This is a key sign not only for the conference, but for the whole international community."

"This shows that the Islamic Republic of Iran is seeking a share in fighting terrorism in Afghanistan," the German official added.

He stressed the important role of Afghan neighbors in helping stability and welfare in the country and said, "We demand that efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region for helping peace and security in Afghanistan continue."

"We count on your commitments to help fight terrorism, smuggling drug and organized crimes in Afghanistan," the German official noted.

He also continued, "Official positions of German government and foreign minister on the Islamic Republic of Iran are clear."

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