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Iran's spiritual leader blames US for Afghan conflict

Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, on Saturday blamed the US for the current conflict in neighboring Afghanistan and the standoff over the Iranian nuclear program, saying there is no difference between US President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump.

In his first meeting with the newly-appointed Cabinet led by President Ebrahim Raeisi, Khamenei said there is a "predatory wolf" behind the scenes of US foreign policy that "sometimes turns into a cunning fox".

"The source of Afghanistan’s crises is the US. During the 20 years of occupation, they committed all sorts of atrocities," Khamenei said, while referring to Afghanistan as a "brotherly country, with the same language, religion, and culture".

In a sign of how Iran would be approaching relations with the new Taliban-led government in Kabul, Khamenei said it depends on the "nature of their relations" with Tehran.


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