Iran-Afghanistan Border Calm after Clash: Interior Minister

Iran-Afghanistan Border Calm after Clash: Interior Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The situation at the common border between Iran and Afghanistan is normal and the border crossing is open following a recent “brief” skirmish, Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said.

In comments on Monday, Vahidi said the recent skirmish between the Iranian border guards and the Taliban forces was a brief clash that was resolved after negotiations with the Taliban.

“At present, we have no problem. The border crossing is open for travels and is tranquil,” he added.

The minister noted that the Afghans had begun shooting at the common border, and the Iranian forces naturally responded to the shots in the proper manner.

The Iranian Border Police Command said an Iranian border guard has been martyred and two others wounded during the skirmish with the Taliban that broke out at a border region on Saturday.

Iran said the skirmish broke out at a border region between the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan and the Nimruz province of Afghanistan in areas around Sasouli, Hatam and Makaki villages.

A statement said the Iranian military forces employed light weapons, crew-served weapons and artillery, but denied the use of missiles.

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