0710 GMT January 29, 2022
Addressing a Parliament session on Sunday, Qalibaf added the fact that the former government of Kabul, which was a puppet of the US, lost control of Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the country without any trouble was a result of public dissatisfaction with 20 years of American occupation and the Washington-appointed administration’s inaction, Tasnim News Agency reported.
After 20 years of being ruled by a US-oriented government and despite all slogans and expectations, not only has Afghanistan failed to make any tangible progress in developing its economic infrastructure and promoting public welfare, but also its people have been deprived of even the most elementary need of a civil society, namely security,” he added.
The Parliament speaker described the humiliating withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan as a clear example of the declining power of the US in the international arena.
He further reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s support for the Afghan people and the country in countering possible attempts by foreign powers at creating insecurity and instability.
In remarks on August 28, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei decried the role of US foreign policy in creating tensions in Afghanistan, saying, “Behind the scenes of US foreign policy, there lies a predatory wolf that sometimes changes into a cunning fox. Today’s situation in Afghanistan is an example of this.”
“Afghanistan is our brother country, with the same language, religion and culture. The source of all the crises in Afghanistan is the US. The US committed all sorts of atrocities during its 20-year occupation of that country. These ranged from bombing wedding and mourning ceremonies, to imprisoning individuals, and included increasing the production of narcotic drugs by multiple times. They did not take a single step for the development of Afghanistan,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “We support the Afghan people. Governments come and go. It is the Afghan people that will remain. The nature of our relations with other governments depends on the nature of their relations with us.”
The Taliban are poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were removed from power by American invading forces.
The US-led invasion worsened the security situation in the country.
The Taliban militants intensified their offensives and rapidly overran major cities in recent weeks even before the US had completed its withdrawal. They took control of Afghanistan on August 15, forcing the US-allied Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to flee the country.
The shocking takeover also prompted the hasty and ill-organized evacuation of thousands of Afghan and foreign civilians via the Kabul airport, while foreign troops also used the airfield to pull out.