Surging border tensions; Iranian delegation arrives in Kabul to discuss border issues

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The Iranian embassy in Kabul has announced that a delegation from Iran, led by the Iranian deputy minister of foreign affairs, has arrived in Kabul, the Afghan capital, to discuss border matters with the Taliban officials.

According to the announcement of the embassy of Iran in Kabul, the Iranian delegation arrived in Kabul on Sunday, August 14.

The announcement names Alireza Bigdeli as the delegation’s chairman. He is the Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary, and Iranian Expat Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The purpose of the Iranian official, Bigdeli’s visit to Kabul, according to the embassy, is consular cooperation, encompassing securing shared borders and legalizing Afghan nationals’ travel to Iran.

The Iranian official’s visit coincides with a border confrontation that took place on Sunday night, late July, between the Iranian military and Taliban forces in the Hirmand region of Iran.

The confrontation, according to Taliban border commander Mohammad Ebrahim Hewad, took place in the Darwish area of the Kang district of Nimruz province, which borders Iran. One Taliban soldier was killed and another was injured. The delegation visits Kabul at a time when Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran’s special representative for Afghanistan, announced the formation of a joint Iranian-Afghan committee to prevent border clashes.—Khaama News Agency

 

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