18 September 2020

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Deadline For Afghan Refugees In Iran Will Remain Open

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Kabul (BNA) The interior minister of Iran says that his country has made the deadline for withdrawal of the Afghan refugees in Iran conditional to the process of legalizing their stay in that country.
Of the less than three million Afghan refugees in Iran, around one million and for hundred thousand of them are having no legal documents for stay there, and the Iranian government in 1389 advanced a deadline for their withdrawal till the end of 1390 for all Afghan refugees in Iran so passport should be distributed to them by the Afghan government otherwise they will be liable for gradual withdrawal.
In the meeting that was held between the Afghan minister of refugees and repatriates Dr. Jamahir Anwari and the Iranian minister of interior Mustafa Najar in Kabul, Dr. Anwari mentioned the problem of the Afghan refugees in Iran including extension of their identity card and requested reviewing the deadline for refugees.
He added that the international community and the regional countries have agreed on holding of the regional conference.
While in relation to the procurement of the blank passports for the Afghan refugees the deadline will be conditional on the progress in the said process.
The Iranian interior minister said that all demands of the Afghan side in his previous visit of Afghanistan have been materialized.
He added that if the Afghans have reliable documents the Smugglers activities will be prevented, their legal rights will be resolved and Iran needs to close its borders to the AI-Qaeada and terrorists and others opportunists.
Iranian ambassador to Kabul and Iranian delegation members were also present at this meeting.

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