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Zalmay Khalilzad: Iran should be thankful to U.S.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Iran is stronger today because of the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. representative to UN Zalmay Khalilzad said.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq removed a key rival of Shiite Iran with the ouster of Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated government. Iran has friendly ties with the Shiites now in power in Iraq.

"It's helped Iran's relative position in the region, because Iraq was a rival of Iran ... and the balance there has disintegrated or weakened," Amb. Khalilzad said Friday while answering questions from students at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. "And so one of the objectives of Iran, in my view, is to discourage a reemergence of Iraq as a balancer. And Afghanistan, too, the change was helpful to Iran," he said, the AP reports.
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