TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that it is discussing the case of illegal Iranian immigrants who have lost their lives on the way to Australia with the governments in Canberra and Jakarta.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi described illegal immigration of the country’s nationals to Australia as a problem for Tehran, Canberra and Jakarta, and said, “The three countries have held several rounds of consular negotiations to prevent the negative impacts of the issue.”
“We will continue our consultations with the Australian and Indonesian governments to prevent this trend,” he added.
Araqchi called on the Iranian nationals not to be coaxed by human traffickers who use unsafe paths for taking them to their desired destinations.
Australia announced Friday that boatpeople will no longer be resettled in the country, unveiling a hardline policy to curb people-smuggling that will see all unauthorised arrivals sent to poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea.
Those arriving at Australia’s far-flung Christmas Island will be sent to the Manus Island processing centre on Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the Pacific nation for assessment, with no cap on the number that can be transferred.Those whose applications are not successful would be sent back home or to third countries.
The Indonesian government will next month end its visa-on-arrival scheme, which Australia said was encouraging Iranians to fly to Jakarta and then take a boat to Australia.
Jakarta extended the visas-on-arrival scheme to Iran in mid-2006 but at that time the people-smuggling pipeline was hardly active. Iranians began showing up in the traffic in 2009, when 72 arrivals were recorded, less than 3 per cent of the total.
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