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News number: 9107169418

17:03 | 2013-05-12

Foriegn Policy

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Embassy: No Report on Alleged Missing of Afghans along Iran's Borders

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's embassy in Kabul announced that it has received no information from Tehran substantiating the recent media claims about the alleged missing of 82 Afghan nationals at the two countries' border.



Some Afghan media outlets alleged that around 300 Afghan labors have entered Iran illegally from Afghanistan's Western Farah province, and 82 of them have been missing after they were pushed back by Iranian security forces.

In reply, Iran's embassy in Kabul said in a statement that it has received no information from Tehran confirming the claims.

The statement said the incident, if true, shows the significance of control over the two countries' joint borders by the two sides' border guards in a bid to prevent similar incidents in future.

The statement called on the relevant Afghan officials to boost border control, and stressed Tehran's preparedness to hold talks with Kabul for the legal entry of Afghan jobseekers into Iran.

Over one million illegal Afghan refugees currently live in Iran but the Islamic Republic has received little international support.

Tehran has called on the international community to strengthen support for Iran's hosting of the Afghan refugees and support repatriation and rehabilitation of the refugees.

Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Iran has slowed in recent years in the face of poor security and economic conditions in Afghanistan, which Tehran blames on the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.