Iran, Turkey rule out ‘military solution’ for Afghanistan

Iran, Turkey rule out ‘military solution’ for Afghanistan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

January 02, 2010, Saturday/ 16:15:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have reaffirmed their joint stance ruling out a “military solution” as a way to resolve the problems of war-torn Afghanistan.

The two leaders held a telephone conversation on Thursday, the official Web site of the Iranian Presidency announced, also briefly covering the content of the conversation. Gül and Ahmadinejad stressed the need for greater humanitarian assistance for the war-torn country, the statement by the office of the Iranian president said. “Instead of military weapons, the people of Afghanistan need humanitarian aid and help to build and promote the country’s prosperity,” Ahmadinejad said.

“Experience has shown that the use of a military solution for Afghanistan has no benefit,” he added, underlining the need for the entire international community to assist in efforts to improve the situation in Afghanistan.

For his part, Gül said Turkey was “in complete agreement” with Iran that a military solution would not resolve the situation in Afghanistan. Gül also said that the expansion of Tehran-Ankara ties could be “very constructive” for regional countries.

The two leaders’ talk came as preparations are under way in Ankara to host a new trilateral summit with Afghanistan and Pakistan later this month.

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