Iran’s borders with Afghanistan safe: Spokesman

The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry gave an assurance that security prevails along the country’s eastern boundaries with Afghanistan as the Taliban have stepped up their insurgency and taken control of border crossings on the Afghan soil.

“The borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran are in full tranquility and security thanks to the zealous border guards of our country, and there is no insecurity on our country’s border with Afghanistan,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday.

Given clashes in Islam Qala and in Sheikh Abu Nasr Farahi crossings inside Afghanistan’s territory, a number of Afghan workers came to Iran, he added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will take the necessary measures in accordance with the laws and regulations and in line with border agreements with Afghanistan and within the framework of good neighborliness,” the spokesman added, Press TV reported.

In a statement on Thursday, the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) urged businesses not to send export shipments to two main border crossings with Afghanistan after reports showed that Taliban insurgents had occupied facilities on the other side of the border.

IRICA spokesman Rouhollah Latifi said trade had been halted through Dogharoun and Mahirood border crossings located along Iran’s eastern border with Afghanistan.

The Taliban militant group said it will try to shortly put back into operation the Islam Qala border crossing in Herat province.