IEA foreign minister urges Iran to release Afghan prisoners

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Amir Khan Muttaqi, foreign minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), on Sunday called on Iran to release Afghans held in its prisons.

Muttaqi made the request in a meeting with Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran’s special envoy and newly-appointed acting ambassador in Kabul.

During the meeting, the sides also discussed investment in infrastructure and economic projects in areas including mines, energy and railway, according to a statement issued by the IEA’s foreign ministry.

The statement said that Muttaqi called for resolving challenges related to Afghan refugees’ bank accounts, for which the Iranian envoy assured full assistance.

Iran currently hosts about 3 million Afghan refugees.

Earlier on Sunday, Qomi met with the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund. According to a statement from Baradar’s office, the two sides discussed the political and economic relations between the two countries as well as the issue of Afghan refugees.—Ariana news