Afghan Team to Visit Iran on Refugee Issue
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Afghanistan plans to dispatch a delegation to Iran for talks on the problems of its nationals who have migrated to the Islamic Republic, said a top official.
“The delegation which is set to visit Iran will mainly try to discuss with the Iranian officials the settlement of problems of Afghan migrants,” the Afghan government’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah announced in a cabinet meeting in Kabul on Monday.
However, he did not mention an exact date for the delegation’s trip to Iran.
Iran has hosted Afghan refugees since the late 1970s following the occupation of their country by the Soviet Union troops. Although many of those refugees have returned to their country voluntarily, there are still hundreds of thousands of documented and undocumented Afghans in Iran.
Back in June, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli underscored that Iran is committed to finding a lasting solution to the problems of Afghan refugees.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran not only tried to meet the primary needs of the Afghan refugees, but also has provided equal opportunities for them to study and acquire vocational skills,” the minister said in the international annual meeting of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in the Swiss city of Geneva.