Iran Claims to Host Afghans With Best Facilities Over the Past 40 Years

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said that its country is hosting over three million Afghans and has entertained them with the best facilities over the past 40 years.

The spokesman of Iran Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi declared that the remarks were made in response to questions and media hypes over drowning of a number of Afghan nationals in the joint border river.

“Providing jobs, free education, free health facilities and many other facilities that are widely available to Afghan guests are indicative of Iran’s good hospitality,” he said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a probe into the drowning of several Afghan migrants last week after reports that Iranian border guards allegedly forced them into a river.

Afghan authorities had already been investigating the incident, but Ghani on May 8 formed a new 10-member team to look into the deaths after 18 bodies of migrants were recovered, some of them bearing signs of torture.

Officials claim the migrants drowned in the Harirud River while illegally crossing into Iran from Afghanistan’s western Herat Province.

A decree issued by Ghani orders the team to carry out a “thorough investigation into reports about the deaths of several countrymen along the Iranian border,” the president’s office said in a statement.

Abdul Ghani Noori, the governor of Herat Province, said earlier on May 8 that out of 55 Afghan migrants who were forced into the river authorities had so far recovered 18 bodies and six were still missing.

In the meantime, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign cited that the results of additional investigations by other agencies also confirm the border guard’s report and completely reject the occurrence of the incident as well as alleged involvement.

“I would like to emphasize once again that the Iran and Afghanistan have long borders, which, despite many ups and downs, have long been a good example of cooperation and friendly relations,” Iranian spokesman added.
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