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US, Iran have shared interest in Afghanistan: Petraeus


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Tehran shares the conflict in Afghanistan, as Tehran shares common interests with the United
common interests States there, suggested General David Petraeus, head of US Central Command. :: English
with the United :: Italiano
States there,
suggested General A resolution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan requires "a regional
David Petraeus, approach ... that includes Pakistan, India the Central Asian states and even
head of US Central China and Russia, along with perhaps, at some point Iran," Petraeus said at a :: Uruknet for your
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approach ... that forces in Afghanistan) and Iran, but there are also major conflicting interests,
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includes Pakistan, needless to say," said Petraeus, who is in charge of US operations in
India the Central Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Russia, along with "I am happy to leave that element of the regional approach to the diplomats
perhaps, at some
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forces in
Afghanistan) and Petraeus emphasized that Iran is "conflicted" over the situation in Afghanistan.
Iran, but there are
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conflicting interests, "Clearly they don't want to see Afghanistan in the grip of ultra-fundamentalist
needless to say,"
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The United States, which severed diplomatic relations with Iran thirty years
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US president-elect Barack Obama, however, has stated he wishes to establish


"tough but direct diplomacy" with Iran.

Petraeus noted that the country "would also like to see the development of
trade, commerce" with its neighbor.
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There are parts of Iran's government, Petraeus admitted, that he was sure "is
determining how they can make life miserable for the coalition and Afghan :: Lettera del
forces as well, citing examples of Iranian weapons being intercepted in the Presidente
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article "There has been nothing easy about Afghanistan, indeed nearly every aspect
has been hard and that will continue to be the case in 2009 and the years
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