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Karzai leaves for Tehran to attend anti-terror conference

Karzai leaves for Tehran to attend anti-terror conference

Jun 24, 2011 - 17:49

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Friday left for Iran to attend an international conference on counter terrorism, scheduled to be held in Tehran from June 25 to 26.

Iran has announced that six presidents have accepted Iran’s invitation to attend the conference, the first of its kind.

A number of bilateral and multilateral meetings are also scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the conference.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir have agreed to attend the conference.

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Danaiifar, also told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday that Iraqi President Jalal Talebani may attend the event.

The roots of terrorism, the roles of international and regional organizations in the campaign against terrorism, and the view of divine religions on terrorism are some of the topics that will be discussed during the conference

Karzai is expected to take part in a trilateral meeting also involving presidents of Pakistaninfo-icon and Iran on Friday evening, his spokesman's office said in a statement.

The meeting would discuss the ongoing fight against terrorism, trade ties among the three countries and counter narcotics.

The Afghan leader will deliver a speech at the counter terrorism conference on Saturday. He would highlight the role of neighbouring countries in dealing with the menace in the region.

Karzai is accompanied by foreign minister Zalmay Rassoul, national security advisor, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, presidential spokesman, Waheed Omar and others during the trip.


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