0918 GMT January 15, 2021
Afghanistan’s Ambassador Abdolghafur Lival was summoned on Saturday to provide an explanation for a series of recent moves against Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, according to IRNA.
It came after the moves by a small group of certain political currents with a record of opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran and to the good neighborliness between Iran and Afghanistan.
The groups recently made a series of insulting moves and violated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy and other missions in Afghanistan under the pretext that a number of Afghan nationals who had plans for illegal entry into Iran or had entered Iran illegally with the help of traffickers have died, Tasnim News Agency wrote.
In the Saturday meeting in Tehran, Director General of West Asia of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern about the impact of the wrong measures by that small group on the neighborly relations between Iran and Afghanistan.
A few days ago, a group of demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul in protest at what they called mistreatment of Afghan nationals by Iran’s security forces after three Afghan migrants were killed and a number of others injured when a vehicle of human traffickers crashed in Iran’s central province of Yazd.
Iran and Afghanistan share more than 750 kilometers of border. About three million Afghans – a mix of refugees and illegal migrants – live in Iran, a large number of them having arrived after their country plunged into conflict in the 1980s.
Young Afghans constantly flow across the border to seek work, many of them smuggled through dangerous deserts, often traveling for a week at a time, packed into the back of pick-up trucks.
The incident in Yazd followed a deadly border incident last month, in which several Afghan migrants lost their lives.
A number of Afghan media outlets alleged on May 1 that more than 40 illegal migrants had been arrested by Iranian border guards and thrown into Harirud River, which resulted in the deaths of Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said later that the incident had taken place on Afghan soil. Iranian police border guards also strongly denied the allegations about the arrest of illegal Afghan migrants by its forces.