US Leaving Afghanistan in Surrender

US Leaving Afghanistan in SurrenderUS Leaving Afghanistan in Surrender

The United States has been the root cause of insecurity in Afghanistan and is now withdrawing its forces after 19 years of war because it has accepted its surrender, Iran's top diplomat said.
The Afghan war began in 2001, after the US and its allies ousted the Taliban from power, accusing the group of complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
On Saturday, the US signed a deal with the Taliban insurgents, whereby it agreed to gradually reduce the number of its troops if the Taliban adhere to their commitment of avoiding violence.
"US occupiers should've never invaded Afghanistan. But they did and blamed everyone else for consequences. Now after 19 yrs of humiliation, US has tendered its surrender," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.
He added in his tweet that, not only in Afghanistan, but also in other Middle East countries experiencing tensions, the US has been the main problem.
"Whether in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq or Yemen, US is THE problem. It will leave—while leaving huge mess behind."
The Iranian Foreign Ministry had earlier said in an official statement that Iran sees the presence of foreign forces as the main cause of insecurity in Afghanistan and would support any move toward their exit.
It, however, stressed that the US measure is an attempt to legitimize the presence of its troops over these years.



Dubious Intentions 

The Foreign Ministry spokesman also said on Monday that Iran doubts the US intentions in signing this deal. 
"The mere fact of US presence in the region is illegal; they have no right to enter this region and interfere in the domestic affairs of its countries and their recent measure is a [bad] precedent," Abbas Mousavi told reporters in a regular press briefing, IRNA reported. 
He added that the presence of Taliban as a main player in Afghanistan cannot be denied and the group needs to be part of peace talks in this country. 
"All peace efforts in Afghanistan need to be organized through intra-Afghan talks with the participation of all parties and groups and the leadership of the central government," he said. 
Despite the agreement between Washington and the Taliban, experts believe that a comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan still faces serious challenges since the Afghan government has been sidelined until now. 
Mousavi said Iran has been in talks with the Taliban in the past and will continue the negotiations as before, with the knowledge of the Afghan government. 
"The agreement between the Taliban and the US will not affect these talks," he said. 

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