GULF DIGITAL NEWS
7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

US push for Iran isolation

CAMP DAVID: Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US President George W. Bush differed on relations with Iran.

One day after Karzai called the Islamic republic "a helper" against extremists, Bush blasted the government in Tehran as "not a force for good" and vowed to pursue efforts to isolate Iran over its suspect nuclear program.

"We will continue to work to isolate it because they're not a force for good as far as we can see, they're a destabilising influence wherever they are," Bush said at a joint news conference with Karzai, who did not mention Iran.

"Iran has been a supporter of Afghanistan, in the peace process that we have and the fight against terror, and the fight against narcotics in Afghanistan," Karzai told CNN in an interview.

"I would be very cautious about whether or not the Iranian influence there in Afghanistan is a positive force," said Bush, who vowed to pursue efforts to marginalise the government in Tehran over its suspect nuclear programme.

"We will continue to work to isolate it. Because they're not a force for good, as far as we can see. They are a destabilising influence, wherever they are now," he said.






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