Iran's ambassador meets Taliban refugee minister
Photo: Iran's Embassy in Kabul via Twitter

Iranian ambassador discusses ‘illegal cross-border movements’ with Taliban minister

Iran’s Ambassador in Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Qomi met Taliban’s minister of refugees and repatriation, Khalil Al Rahman Haqqani, on Sunday in Kabul where the two sides discussed creating a joint-committee to follow up the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran.

“At the meeting, the two sides exchanged ideas on forming a joint Iran-Afghanistan committee comprised of representatives from Afghanistan’s ministry of refugees and the interior ministry of Islamic Republic of Iran, following up the situation of refugees, legal and illegal cross-border movements,” Iran’s Embassy in Kabul tweeted in Persian on Monday.

The Iranian ambassador has expressed his country’s readiness for providing “possible facilities” of education, health, and residency for Afghan refugees in Iran.

The Taliban’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said in a statement that Haqqani had appreciated Iran for hosting Afghan refugees.

Haqqani, the Ministry said, asked for the good treatment with the Afghan refugees in Iran and as well as the country’s cooperation in transferring bodies of refugees who die in the country back home.

The Taliban authorities in the western Nimruz province are said to receive tens of dead bodies of Afghan refugees from Iran each month.

On March 16, local sources in confirmed to KabulNow that Iranian border guards had killed 11 Afghans, including three children, in its Sistan and Balochistan province and sent back their dead bodies to the Taliban authorities in the province.