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December 4, 2021

Karzai confirms report of cash payments from Iran

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged that his office has received cash from Iran, but insists it was part of a “transparent” process, BBC News reported. Karzai was responding to a report in the New York Times that Tehran had been passing bags stuffed full of cash to Karzai’s aides. The cash was intended to promote Iran’s interests in Kabul, the report said. However, Karzai said the money was not for an individual but to help run the president’s office. Speaking at a news conference, he said many countries had given money to Afghanistan in this way, including the US.

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