Britain criticises Iran for avoiding Afghan conference

British Foreign Secretary said it was "inexplicable" that Iran had chosen not to take part in an international conference on the future of Afghanistan in London.

Britain criticises Iran for avoiding Afghan conference

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Thursday it was inexplicable that Iran had chosen not to take part in a major international conference on the future of Afghanistan in London.

"Iran's foreign minister was invited to this conference in the same way as the foreign ministers of all the other countries. For some inexplicable reason, he chose not to attend," Miliband told a news conference in a strongly worded condemnation of Iran's decision.

Iran said that the meeting focus on increasing military actions in Afghanistan despite resolution.

"Because this meeting's approach is towards increasing military action in Afghanistan ... and because it does not take into consideration the region's capacity to solve the problems, Iran does not consider as useful attending this meeting," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Britain has invited more than 60 nations, including foreign ministers from countries neighbouring Afghanistan such as Iran, to Thursday's talks on occupation in Afghanistan.
 

Reuters

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