Thursday, October 4, 2007
"New York (dpa) - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motaki called on the international community Wednesday to continue to support Afghan President Hamid Karzai who, he said, has no alternatives but face insecurity, extremism and drugs trafficking.....
Karzai, faced with growing Taliban insurgency, said he may consider talking with Taliban leaders to work out a political deal in order to end the conflict. But Motaki said such proposal may "not be constructive."
He said Britain, which contributes significant forces in Afghanistan, is reviewing its involvement under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
"We do consider those (British) changes positive," Motaki said without elaborating.
"We do believe that President Karzai has no alternatives but face civil war and instability," Motaki said. "We urge the international community and all parties to support Karzai."
The Afghan leader, on his part, has also defended Iran against US criticism....."