News ID: 320996
Published: 0232 GMT April 13, 2022

Afghans gather outside Iran Embassy to hail brotherly bonds

Afghans gather outside Iran Embassy to hail brotherly bonds

Demonstrators in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul denounced actions aimed at driving a wedge between the Iranian and Afghan nations, calling for unity between the two neighbors in the face of conspiracies to poison their friendly relations.

Hundreds of Afghans gathered on Wednesday in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, where they shouted “no to seditionists” and “Unity! Unity!” while hailing bonds of brotherhood between Iranians and Afghans.

A statement was also read out in condemnation of the attacks on Iran’s Embassy in Kabul and the country’s consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, which took place on Monday, Press TV reported.

No one was hurt during the attacks, which came amid resurfaced allegations of systemic mistreatment of Afghan refugees in Iran.

Videos spread widely on social media over the weekend, purportedly showed Iranian border guards and mobs beating Afghan refugees.

It was unclear when the images were filmed, and their authenticity could not be verified.

Iranian officials on Monday denied there was mistreatment of Afghan refugees in Iran.

On Sunday, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul called the images "baseless and invalid".

Reacting to the incidents, Tehran called on Tuesday for legal action against the attackers, stating that Afghanistan’s acting Taliban government is responsible for protecting foreign diplomatic missions.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh had warned against plots by “certain ill-wishers of Iran and Afghanistan” to draw a wedge between the two peoples.

Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that all Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan “are open and continue to operate”.

The Taliban explained that the protests were “arbitrary” and “unauthorized,” adding that the Afghan security forces rushed to the Iranian Consulate in Herat and took full control of the situation immediately.

According to Iran’s ambassador to Kabul, the videos of the mistreatment of Afghan refugees in Iran were made by an anti-Iranian terrorist group.

In an interview, Bahador Aminian said the Mojaheddin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group had been carrying out systematic efforts with the aim of severing Tehran-Kabul relations.

The Albania-based MKO is active in Afghanistan as well, he said. “They produce [video] clips to create problems for the Iranian government.”

He stressed that the mistreatment of Afghan nationals in Iran is not a systemic issue.

Over five million Afghans, documented and undocumented, live in Iran, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian said last week.

Iran has seen a fresh influx of Afghans since the Taliban returned to power last August.

More than 300,000 more refugees have entered since then as Iran faces hardships caused by unliteral US sanctions.

Thousands of people daily try to cross into neighboring Iran in search of work, or in a bid to reach Europe in the hope of asylum.

Iran has called for a boost to international humanitarian efforts for Afghanistan on various occasions, criticizing the international community for insufficient aid for the refugees given the wave of displaced Afghans heading toward Iran, Press TV wrote.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, should play a more active role inside Afghanistan and help reduce the inflow of refugees through aid efforts.

Currently, more than 520,000 foreign students, including Afghan students, are studying for free in Iran. Furthermore, Iran’s COVID-19 vaccination drive has also included Afghan refugees alongside Iranians.




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