U.S., Iran clash over Afghanistan
U.S. and Iranian officials clashed at the World Economic Forum on Friday over the future of Afghanistan, as an Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister rejected suggestions that his country was meddling by supporting a local warlord.
Iran's Mohammad Hossein Adeli responded angrily when some delegates at a session on the future of Afghanistan said his country posed a major geopolitical risk to the stability of that nation now trying to emerge from over 20 years of civil war and foreign occupation.
``Accusing Iran of interference in Afghanistan in a negative way is a mistake and is ignoring the facts on the ground,'' he said.
The session had devolved into group discussions at individual tables of delegates.
The accusation of Iranian meddling emerged from the table where the U.S. State Department's director of policy planning, Richard Haass, was sitting.
``It was not a surprise to have that kind of difference from table number seven,'' Mr. Adeli said, referring to Mr. Haass' table. Reuters
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