Italy says U.S. favors Iran’s presence at G8 meeting on Afghanistan

Italy’s top diplomat Franco Frattini said on Saturday that the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, defends Iran’s presence at a conference on Afghanistan when foreign ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized countries will meet in the Italian city of Trieste in June.

Clinton had expressed “her positive opinion on the subject of the eventual participation of Iran” at the talks, Frattini told reporters.

 “Our objective is to have the Iranian and American foreign ministers seated at the same table,” the Italian foreign minister said.

Frattini said the “absolute priority is the stabilization of the most dangerous region in the world” -- the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Iran and the United States both attended a meeting on Afghanistan in March in The Hague.

Iran has suffered greatly from security problems in Afghanistan. Iran has been hosting millions of Afghan refugees since the Soviet Army invaded the Central Asian country in 1979.  The flow of drugs into Iran has also kept rising since the overthrow of the Taleban regime by the U.S. forces in 2001.

Iran has said it will do whatever it can to help stabilize Afghanistan. However, Tehran has insisted that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis.






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