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Ill-treatment of refugees adversely affecting relations: Muttaqi to Iran’s envoy

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The poor treatment of Afghan refugees in Iran is adversely affecting relations between the two countries and public perception, Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a meeting with Iranian ambassador to Kabul on Sunday.

Muttaqi said that a message should be delivered to the leadership in Iran to instruct relevant security authorities to stop abusing Afghan refugees, especially in border areas, the Afghan foreign ministry’s spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said.

He said that the ill-treatment of Afghan refugees would allow some elements to conspire and create disputes. He also said that criminals posing as refugees do not represent all Afghan refugees.

Responding to the concerns, Iranian Ambassador to Kabul Bahadur Aminian said that following Tuesday’s deadly stabbing at Imam Ali Reza shrine in Iran, some individuals launched a propaganda campaign to create division between the two countries, said Balkhi.

The envoy said Afghan refugees were “guests” in Iran and that the behavior of refugees over the last 43 years has proven their love and amicable interaction with the Iranian people.

He also said his government has no intention of mistreating Afghan refugees but always seeks to build trust between the two countries.

There have been reports recently of harassment and humiliation of Afghan refugees in Iran.

On Thursday, the head of the Afghan foreign ministry’s Second Political Department, Faizanullah Naseri, met with Iranian diplomats in Kabul to lodge concerns over the ill-treatment of Afghan refugees in Iran.

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Over 5,000 Afghan immigrants deported from Iran, Pakistan

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The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation (MoRR) announced Saturday the expulsion of more than 5,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran.

The ministry said in a post on X that 4,881 refugees were expelled from Iran and 775 from Pakistan.

The Ministry of Refugees stated that the returnees entered the country on Thursday and Friday.

These refugees entered the country through the Torkham and Spin Boldak borders after being expelled.

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Tajikistan stands against IEA’s inclusion in SCO activities: Russia

A Tajik official, however, has said that Kabulov has incorrectly presented Tajikistan’s position in this regard.

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Tajikistan has expressed opposition to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) participation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) activities, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said.

The issue was discussed at the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Council held in Kazakhstan’s Astana on May 20-21.

“Russia and the majority of participants favoured resuming this contact group’s work. Our Tajik partners still have certain reservations, but we hope they will reconsider their stance soon,” Kabulov said referring to the SCO-Afghanistan contact group, RIA Novosti reported.

A Tajik official, however, has said that Kabulov has incorrectly presented Tajikistan’s position in this regard.

“We note Mr. Kabulov’s incorrect presentation of Tajikistan’s position on the issue of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group activities,” Ahmad Saidmurodzoda, Tajikistan’s National Coordinator for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), told Asia-Plus.

“Within the framework of the SCO, Tajikistan have consistently emphasized the need to discuss Afghanistan issues.  As far as the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group activities are concerned, Tajikistan has never opposed the resumption of activities of this group; on contrary, our side draws attention to the fact that Afghanistan received the status of observer at the SCO in 2012, while protocols on the establishment of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group were signed with the authorities of this country in 2005 and 2018,” Saidmurodzoda said.      

He further noted that in this context, the Tajik side, including during the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting, had proposed “at this stage to launch an expert discussion of Afghan issues in the SCO format.” 

 

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Iranian presidential candidate vows to prevent entry of Afghan migrants if elected

Pezeshkian added that those already residing in Iran should be regulated.

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Masoud Pezeshkian, a presidential candidate in Iran, has vowed that he will shut the borders to Afghan immigrants if elected.

Pezeshkian added that those already residing in Iran should be regulated.

“It should not be denied that a large number of Afghan brothers play an effective role in Iran’s economy or have sacrificed in the imposed war…but their presence in Iran should be regulated and disciplined,” he said.

He also said that his government would enter into negotiations with European countries to admit some refugees or pay for their presence in Iran.

“The West must shoulder responsibility for what it has done in Afghanistan and which has led to the migration of millions of Afghans,” he said. “There is no reason for the Iranian people to pay for the wrong policies of others.”

Iran’s presidential election is slated to be held on June 28.

 

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