Iran envoy: Plot exists to harm Kabul-Tehran relations


The recent videos aired on social media showing the mistreatment of Afghan refugees in Iran are due to some circles seeking to degrade ties between Kabul and Tehran, a top Iranian diplomat said. In a special interview with TOLOnews, Bahadur Aminian, Iran ambassador to Kabul, said that Iran is currently hosting more than five million Afghans as there has been no change in Tehran’s policy toward Afghan refugees.

“We have a group called the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran, which has appointed thousands of people just to release clips… they are active in Afghanistan and Iran as well and everywhere,” he said.

This comes as the Iran embassy in Kabul on Saturday released a statement referring to Iranian border forces’ treatment of Afghans, saying Tehran has created no hurdles to welcome Afghan migrants but Iranian forces are obliged to prevent illegal migrations.

Aminian told TOLOnews that the videos—which show Afghan refugees being harassed—are made by some circles who seek to make plots to undermine the relations between Kabul and Tehran.

“They are from the previous government but are cooperating with the caretaker government as well,” he said.

He also said that the Afghan embassy in Tehran is working in cooperation with the caretaker government of Afghanistan. Aminian called for a national reconciliation process to pave the ground for a good environment in the country, and therefore the massive wave of Afghan migrants heading abroad will stop.

“We hope the Afghan issues will be solved, a national reconciliation will be ensured and all tribes will see themselves in the government,” Aminian said. Aminian further said that Tehran was ready to assist Afghanistan in becoming economically self-sufficient.—Tolo News


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