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Give Afghans legal travel access, Kabul urges Tehran

7 Jun 2020 - 14:04
7 Jun 2020 - 14:04

KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul on Sunday urged Tehran to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on traffic of workers in order to prevent illegal travel and unfortunate incidents.

A statement from the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation (MoRR) received by Pajhwok Afghan News said after signing such a document, Afghan citizens could travel to Iran safely and legally.

The call comes after Iranian officials acknowledged their forces opened firing at a vehicle with Afghans onboard, leaving three people dead and some injured.

Three Afghans were killed and eight others injured when their vehicle caught fire in the Yazd province two days ago.

In a video message, Afghan Ambassador to Tehran Abdul Ghafoor Liwal said he visited Yazd province on Friday.

He said he held meeting with Yazd province governor and other officials and collected complete information about the incident.

The statement said the Afghan government has urged the Iranian government to seriously investigate the issue and share the result it as soon as possible.

It said the Afghan government once again calls on the Iranian government and its embassy in Kabul to sign a memorandum of understanding to prevent illegal travel and such incidents.

Iran has also tied last month’s alleged killing of Afghan migrants to illegal cross-border traffic.

Scores of Afghan citizens trying to sneak into Iran in search of work were allegedly thrown into Harirud River by Iranian border guards in late May. At least 25 men drowned or went missing.

 “Iran’s strategy is to help Afghanistan find political solutions to achieve peace and stability,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand.

On Sunday, Mehr News Agency quoted him as hailing Afghanistan as an important neighbour for Iran and calling for stability in the war-torn country.

 “Smugglers, especially human, take people through difficult and impassable routes, including through Harirud River, to Iran. Therefore, such incidents occur.”

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