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Abandoning Afghanistan unfortunate: Carter

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Lalit K. Jha

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Former US president Jimmy Carter said on Thursday the Bush administration’s abandoning Afghanistan for an unnecessary attack on Iran was unfortunate.

Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters here before meeting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Carter said: After the 9/11 tragedy, I have supported one of the rare times in my life a military operation in Afghanistan to root out the al-Qaeda and to capture Osama bin Laden.”

Known as a man of peace, Carter said: Unfortunately though that was abandoned unnecessarily, tragically by the United States as we shifted our attention to Iraq, which I believe was unfounded and not necessary.”

Thus the role of the international forces, he said, was very critical to peace and stability of the country, he felt and urged other states to remain in Afghanistan.

“Now the primary role in Afghanistan is still very important — one just to maintain peace, with the hope that we can have a free and democratic society there. It is pretty much a holding game. It is important that Canada and others participate.”

Responding to a question on Iran, the former president said: Any military attack on Iran would be a horrible mistake and a tragedy. What we should be doing is full negotiations, consultations with Iranian leaders to make sure they know that we do not intend to attack them militarily.

“I think the US and others should insist upon the total absence in Iran of any move towards developing any nuclear weapons,” Carter observed, concluding: I hope all those rumours are ill-founded and false.”

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Written by afghandevnews

October 29, 2007 at 3:43 am

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