12/13/2011

Deputy DM: No One Allowed to Use Afghanistan for Attacking Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Afghan Deputy Defense Minister Homayoun Fawzi in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi assured Tehran that Kabul would never allow anyone to use Afghanistan as a platform for attacking Iran.


"The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of our good friends and we will not allow any threat to Iran from Afghanistan's soil," Fawzi said during the meeting here in Tehran on Tuesday.

He also reiterated that the security of the two neighboring countries of Iran and Afghanistan is interwoven.

He made the remarks after a US spy drone that took off from neighboring Afghanistan was brought down in Iran earlier this month.

Salehi, for his part, blasted the violation of Iran's air space by the US stealth aircraft, and said, "We are serious about our country's national security and its protection."

Iran on Saturday summoned the Afghan ambassador to Tehran to protest against the violation of its airspace by the US spy drone.

At the meeting, the Iranian foreign ministry official condemned the violation of the country's airspace by the US drone, and drew the attention of the Afghan government to its responsibility toward the principle of good neighborliness with the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian foreign ministry also asked for the Afghan government's immediate explanation over the issue, and urged the country to spare no effort to prevent recurrence of such events.

Iran announced last Sunday that its defense forces had downed the aircraft through a sophisticated cyber attack.

The drone is the first such loss by the US. US officials have described the loss of the aircraft in Iran as a setback and a fatal blow to their stealth drone program.

The aircraft is among the highly sensitive surveillance platform in the CIA's fleet that was shaped and designed to evade enemy defenses.

US officials said the RQ-70 drone was flying a mission for the CIA over Iran at the time that it was downed by an Iranian cyber attack.

Publicly, American officials have remained tight-lipped about the drone's mission and have not strayed beyond a vague statement issued by coalition military forces in Afghanistan shortly after Iranian state-run media showed the US drone.

The RQ-170 has special coatings and a batwing shape designed to help it penetrate other nations' air defenses undetected. The existence of the aircraft, which is made by Lockheed Martin, has been known since 2009, when a model was photographed at the main US airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan.