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Iran underpinning Afghan national sovereignty, unity: Hassan Rouhani

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TEHRAN: Iranian clergyman addressing a protest demonstration staged here in front of the United Nations offices in Iran's Capital, Sunday. - NNI photo

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran was supporting national sovereignty and unity of Afghanistan and was always ready to help create lasting security, peace and national cohesion.
In a meeting to receive credentials of new Afghan Ambassador Abdolghafour Lival on Sunday, President Rouhani went on to say that Iran and Afghanistan had enjoyed many historical and cultural commonalities and lived together for centuries.
After receiving the credentials of the new ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, President Rouhani said the US military presence in Afghanistan has not and will not benefit the security of this country and the people of Afghanistan, but they pursue their goals of creating insecurity in the region.
Form the Islamic Republic of Iran’s point of view, the presence of foreign troops in any of the countries in the region is problematic, and Iran is confident that the US military presence in Afghanistan would not benefit the security of this country and the people of Afghanistan, but they pursue their goals of creating insecurity in the region, the high-ranking official highlighted.
He further stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran had always been with the Afghan people during the hard days, adding that Iran has provided services to the oppressed and dear people of Afghanistan, like own people, and a large number of Afghan children were studying in Iranian schools and universities.
Referring to Tehran’s readiness for consolidation of peace and sustainable security in Afghanistan, President Rouhani underscored that sustainable security, in addition to encouraging Afghan immigrants to return to their home countries, enhances trade and investment relations between the two countries, and Tehran hoped that the political, economic and cultural ties between Tehran and Kabul is more developed and the borders of the two countries to enjoy more security.
Rouhani described the unity of different ethnic and religious groups in Afghanistan as important and made the remark that Shias and Sunnis and different religions should know that they were members of a large family called Afghanistan and that everyone should strive for unity and consolidation of their country.
Meanwhile, Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi, the interim Friday prayer leader of Tehran, has said the issue of Kashmir is one of the tragedies of the Muslim world.
Addressing worshippers on Friday, Seddiqi said the Indian government was expected to abide by international law. “Their action is contrary to human conscience, fairness and even the domestic laws of that country,” the cleric remarked.
He was making a reference to the Indian government’s recent decision to strip the Kashmir region of its special status and its crackdown on the Muslim majority region.
The cleric further advised India to reconsider their decision and “know that oppression would not end [well].”
Seddiqi also criticized mistreatment of the top Nigerian Shia cleric Sheikh El-Zakzaky in India, where he went to receive medical treatment but had to return to Nigeria after Indian medical authorities refused to provide him with adequate treatment.
He said that the actions against Sheikh Zakzaky were contrary to human rights. Meanwhile, a large number of Iranians, Kashmiris and Pakistanis protested in front of United Nations office in Tehran on Sunday against recent act of Indian Govt of abrogation of article 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution and repression against the Kashmiris.
The protesters denounced the revocation of special status of Kashmir, relocation of non-Muslims to the region and Indians inhuman military crackdown on innocent Kashmiris as a clear violation of human rights, calling on the international community to address the issue. They also demanded freedom from brutal Indian rule in Kashmir. – NNI