Afghan refugees in Iran share problems with CEO
TEHRAN (Pajhwok): Afghan refugees in Iran have shared their problems with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullahand urged a swift resolution of the issues.
At the head of a high-level delegation, the CEO arrived in Tehran on a three-day visit on Monday afternoon for talks with senior Iranian officials on issues of bilateral interest.
Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the CEO, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Afghan refugees including students and traders met Abdullah at the Afghan embassy in Tehran.
The refugees demanded a haj quota, a 50 percent share in the scholarships offered by Iran,nomination of their representatives for Senate slots and the right to vote.
Faisal said they also sought participation in international sports event, transfer of refugee prisoners to Afghanistan, early disposal of their cases and expansion of the Afghan embassy to handle their problems.
The refugees called for a reduction in document fees charged by the embassy, extension of the passport validity period from six months to one year, validation of refugee cards while traveling to Afghanistan and coming back.
Representatives of students asked for utilisation of services of the educated Afghans living in Iran and facilitating their capacity building, according to Faisal.
Similarly, Afghan traders in Iran referred to the export-import imbalance, saying entrepreneurs should be provided all possible facilities to boost the country’s economy.
For his part, Abdullah reiterated the unity government’s commitment to resolving the problems of Afghans.“Some of your problems pertain to the Afghan embassy in Tehran.
“We will take urgent steps for the resolution of these issues. On the questions related to the Iranian government, we will to talk to them.”
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