0240 GMT January 23, 2021
During his two-day visit, the Afghan official is set to hold talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other officials, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday, IRNA reported.
The high-ranking Afghan delegation is set to discuss various issues, including cooperation on economy, border issues, migrants, media, security, health, and energy.
In recent weeks, the two countries’ officials have been in contact over two incidents happened to illegal Afghan migrants in Iran and on common border.
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 early this month.
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.
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.