Iran General NewsIran absence at Afghan meet 'inexplicable': Britain

Iran absence at Afghan meet ‘inexplicable’: Britain


ImageAFP: Britain said it was "inexplicable" that Iran had chosen not to attend an international conference on Afghanistan Thursday considering it had raised concerns about its neighbour's instability. ImageLONDON (AFP) — Britain said it was "inexplicable" that Iran had chosen not to attend an international conference on Afghanistan Thursday considering it had raised concerns about its neighbour's instability.

Neither Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki nor his ambassador to London attended the meeting, where nearly 70 countries agreed Afghans should assume more security responsibility and pursue reconciliation with the Taliban.

"We meant it when we said that we thought Iran should attend and play a positive role in this conference," British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters.

"They have said before that they want to play a positive role in promoting stability in Afghanistan."

"I think it is very important in international relations that countries say what they mean and mean what they say," Miliband said.

Iran's absence was all the more surprising since Mottaki had raised the concerns about the "damage and danger" that instability in Afghanistan and its large trade in heroin and opium posed for his country, Miliband said.

The failure of Iran to attend the meeting "means that many countries in the region and beyond will draw their own conclusions about the dissonance between the words and deeds."

Iran said Wednesday it would not attend the meeting because it did not believe it would succeed in solving Afghanistan's problems.

The hardline Islamic regime in Tehran has repeatedly called for the withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan, saying their presence increased turmoil in the region.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said earlier Britain had made every effort to involve Iran in the meeting, including inviting representatives to join the core group drafting the communique about the international plan for Afghanistan.

Miliband added: "We think it's deeply regrettable and as well as inexplicable that they failed to attend."

"I hope that in future the Iran government realise they are not the victims of other people's conspiracy, they are their authors of their own misfortune," he said.

Latest news

Apathy in Presidential Election Is Not Because of Disqualifications, Iranian Officials Say

These days, Iranian officials’ main concerns are over a public boycott of the coming Presidential election on June 18....

Iranian Candidates Shed Light on Forged Certificates

In less than a week, the Islamic Republic will hold its 13th Presidential election. Observers and even officials and...

Iran Dispatches Terror Squads to Iraq: Militia Commander Confesses

“Confessions made by Qassem Musleh al-Khafaji, one of commanders of Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in al-Anbar governorate, unveiled...

Iran’s Presidential Candidates Deliberately Ignore Crises Caused by the Neglect of the Social Sphere

One of the main crises in Iran, caused by the mullahs’ underdeveloped culture, is the social crisis. On the...

Satellite Footage Shows Tehran Never Stopped Nuclear Bomb-Making Projects

On June 9, Fox News revealed unusual activity at the Sanjarian nuclear site in 25 miles outside the capital...

Presidential Candidates Did Not Mention Iran’s Dying Economy

Not mentioning the economic situation and plans by Iran’s presidential candidates has a long history in Iran’s elections. The...

Must read

Zahedan Prosecutor: 88 people arrested in recent unrest

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 09 - The Prosecutor...

MI6 chief says spying crucial to stopping Iran nuclear drive

AFP: Diplomacy is not enough to stop Iran developing...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you