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Cash was to stabilise Afghanistan: Iran

Iran on Tuesday acknowledged it provided Afghanistan with “assistance” for the reconstruction of its war-ravaged economy after Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government received bags of cash from Tehran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a neighbouring government is deeply concerned about Afghanistan's stability, and has given much assistance for the reconstruction of Afghanistan,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast during his regular briefing in Tehran.

He added that Iran was playing its part “in helping Afghanistan rebuild and develop its economy and will do so in the future”. Mr. Karzai had said on Monday that cash transfers from Iran were a form of aid provided by a friendly country. Confirming a report that appeared in the New York Times, Mr. Karzai said Iran had made these payments to his chief of staff, Umar Daudzai. On Monday, the United States State Department said Washington remained “sceptical of Iran's motives” in providing cash to Afghanistan.

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