Intl. community must help Afghan refugees in neighboring countries, says Iran’s FM

Iran’s foreign minister says the international community has to take on the responsibility of attending to the needs of the Afghan refugees who fled to neighboring countries, particularly Iran, following the Taliban militant group’s takeover of the country.

“The international community must assume its responsibility to attend to Afghan refugees in Afghanistan’s neighbors, most particularly Iran,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a phone conversation with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, on Thursday.

Iran is home to over 3 million Afghan refugees. The fall of the former Afghan government has caused a sharp increase in the number of Afghan nationals seeking refuge in neighboring countries, especially Iran.

Amir-Abdollahian highlighted Iran’s active diplomacy regarding the situation in Afghanistan, and reiterated Tehran’s firm stance on the necessity of the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, according to a readout of the phone call provided by Iran’s Foreign Ministry website.

He also condemned the recent targeted terrorist bomb attacks in Afghanistan and underlined the Taliban’s responsibility in providing security for Afghan ethnic groups and followers of various Islamic sects.

This month, a local affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group conducted separate terrorist attacks against two Shia mosques in the Afghan cities of Kandahar and Kunduz, killing dozens of worshippers and wounding many more.

Iran strongly denounced the attacks, saying Daesh’s acts of terror aim to sow religious discordin Afghanistan.


Source: Press TV