Afghan Interim Leader to Visit Iran
Afghan interim government leader Hamid Karzai is scheduled to visit Iran between February 24 and 25, the Afghan embassy said in Tehran on Tuesday, according to AFP.
"Mr. Karzai will arrive on the Sunday and leave on the Monday," an Afghan diplomat said, declining to say if he would be going on to Moscow, where he is due at the end of the month.
Iran, a foe of Kabul's ousted Taliban regime, has firmly denied Washington's allegations of interfering in post-Taliban Afghanistan and of permitting Taliban and allied al-Qaeda terror group members to flee across the border.
Last week, Tehran radio said that Karzai had also rejected the US allegations, quoting him as saying that, "the Kabul government has no problem of any sort with Tehran, and we hope to see the development of our bilateral relations."
Karzai's visit follows the closure by Iran of the offices in Tehran and second city Mashhad of the renegade former Afghan warlord Guldbuddin Hekmatyar, who denies the legitimacy of the interim government in the Afghani capital of Kabul. (Albawaba.com)
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