Afghan Minister Rejects Claims Iran Is Arming Taliban
Abdul Rahim Wardak (file photo) (epa)
June 14, 2007 -- Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak has dismissed claims by a top U.S. official who said Iran is arming the Taliban.
"Actually, throughout, we have had good relations with Iran and we believe that the security and stability of Afghanistan are also in the interests of Iran," The Associated Press quoted Wardak as saying in Brussels today.
On June 13, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said there is "irrefutable evidence" that Iran's government was supplying weapons to the Taliban.
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STRATEGIC PARTNERS: Since leading the military campaign to oust the fundamentalist and largely unrecognized Taliban regime from power in 2001, U.S. officials have pledged a long-term interest in Afghan stability.