Iran and US to Discuss Afghanistan
March 7th, 2009 at 12:03 pm - by Tom Prout
In the spirit of putting long-term rivalries aside for the greater good, Iran said today that it would consider attending a meeting with the US to discuss the Taliban insurgency. The talks are planned to take place later this month, with international allies in attendance to discuss the issue of Afghanistan.
The news of a possible bi-partisan alliance comes amid a flurry of news reports surrounding Tehran’s nuclear capabilities, a long-standing point of contention between the two nations. Analysts have said that in spite of the nuclear row, both countries would like to see a stable Afghanistan situation.
“For us Afghanistan is very important. Afghanistan’s security is our security. Afghanistan’s progress is our progress and Afghanistan’s stability is ours,” -Iranian government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham
This latest revelation is indicative of the direct diplomacy preached by the Obama administration and the UN regarding Iran. The scheduled conference, proposed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take place on March 31, will involve important states in the area: Pakistan among them.
Though the US-Iranian relationship has often been tenuous, in this time of crisis both countries seem willing to work together. Iran earlier this week was accused of supporting Taliban insurgents in an effort to tie down US forces, accusations which the Iranian government denies.
Tehran will provide vital information about terrorist cells in the area, the US effort hopes.