Iran says President Mohammad Khatami will visit neighboring Afghanistan sometime after an Afghan grand assembly (or Loya Jirga) meets next week in Kabul to choose a transitional government.
An Afghan diplomat said initially that the Iranian president's first trip to post-Taleban Afghanistan was planned for Sunday (June ninth). But the Iranian news agency says Mr. Khatami's one-day trip has been postponed for several weeks. Authorities have not set a specific date.
Afghanistan's Loya Jirga assembly of more than 15-hundred delegates meets from June 10th to June 16th to pick a transitional government.
Iran was a major backer of anti-Taleban Afghan forces but it also opposes the ongoing presence of the U-S led coalition forces in Afghanistan. The U-S government has accused Iran hardliners of trying to destabilize the interim Afghan government, a charge Iran denies.