Iranian Delegation Arrived Kabul to Discuss Border Incident

An Iranian delegation arrived in Kabul today to probe into Harirud incident which claimed the lives of a number of Afghan migrants near the Iran-Afghanistan border in early May, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday.
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According to the MoFA, the delegation includes deputy foreign minister of Iran Mohsen Baharvand, Iran’s foreign ministry Director-General for West-Asia Seyed Rasoul Mousavi and the representative of Iranian border guards.

The Foreign Ministry cited that the delegation has transported medical supplies and equipment to Kabul to fight the corona virus on its carrier plane.

During the meeting, the acting minister of foreign Hanif Atmar thanked Iran for its assistance in medical equipment and other cooperation during the fight against Corona, and discussed the incident in which a number of Afghan workers were tortured and thrown into a river by Iranian border guards.

He discussed the various stages of the Afghan delegation’s investigation and the documents obtained.

The Acting Foreign Minister also called on the Iranian government to pay more attention to the joint investigation, stressing that the purpose of the investigation is to obtain the facts, reach the perpetrators and take the necessary measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

The Foreign Ministry added that Mohsen Baharvand, while condemning the incident as unacceptable to the Iranian people and government, stressed that Iran is committed to jointly investigating the incident with the Afghan delegation to ensure justice.

Baharvand noted that he had submitted the documents found by the Afghan Investigative Committee and that he was investigating them through the relevant channels of his government and shared the results with Afghanistan.

On May 1, some hype surfaced in certain media that the Iranian border guards had thrown as many as 57 Afghans into the Hari River (Harirud) in western Herat province to prevent their illegal entry into Iran. Afghan media outlets said at least 23 of them drowned in Harirud.

Tehran has categorically dismissed the claims, saying that the incident took place on the Afghan side of the border and Iranian forces had no role in the incident.

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