Afghan president heads to Iran

Afghan President Hamid Karzai left for neighbouring Iran to attend a regional conference, his office said.

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 16:35 PM IST

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai left
on Thursday for neighbouring Iran to attend a regional conference,
his office said.

Karzai will deliver a speech to the meeting, the fourth
to be held between the tripartite group of Afghanistan, Iran
and Tajikistan, which share a language and Persian culture.

The Western-backed Karzai will hold talks with Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, aiming to building stronger ties between the
countries, Karzai`s office said in a statement.

Kabul has good relations with Tehran despite being
heavily reliant militarily and financially on the United
States, which has been at loggerheads with Iran for decades.

Secret US military documents posted on whistleblower
website WikiLeaks suggest that Iran provides hefty support to
insurgents fighting US-led troops in Afghanistan. Ahmadinejad
has denied the allegations.

PTI