“Finding space for US in Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan bloc”

“Finding space for US in Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan bloc”
May 25-27, 2009
     Saudi Arabian daily Al-Watan reports that at the recent trilateral summit between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistani President Zardari passed a US message to Iran seeking cooperation against terrorism, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Tehran promised to consider the proposal (MEMRI). Kaveh L. Afrasiabi writes that the trilateral summit, which resulted in the Tehran Declaration, will have positive effects for future Iran-US talks (Asia Times), and the Khaleej Times urges the US and NATO to engage the new regional bloc to work toward stabilizing Afghanistan (Khaleej Times).
     However, the summit also featured criticisms of US and foreign military troops in the region by both Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei (Payvand, Tehran Times) Michael Slackman writes that the summit was an attempt to prove that the 3 states could resolve their problems without relying on the West, adding that regional concerns have trumped Western efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear program (New York Times).
MEMRI | Asia Times | Khaleej Times | Payvand | Tehran Times | New York Times

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