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IRAN: Islamic Republic shuns London conference on Afghanistan

January 27, 2010 |  9:35 am

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman told the hard-line Fars news agency today that the Islamic Republic won't take part in this week's London conference on Afghanistan.

"Since the conference seeks only to increase military presence in Afghanistan, and does not deal fundamentally with Afghan woes nor count on regional capacities to resolve the problems, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes its presence in the conference would be of no help and it does not view as constructive the continuation of past erroneous approaches for Afghanistan," Ramin Mehmanparast said. 

Iran shares a 582-mile border with Afghanistan as well as deep cultural, religious and linguistic ties with most of its neighbor's disparate ethnic groups.

-- Los Angeles Times