President Ghani stresses legalized travel to Iran

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has stressed serious investigation into the alleged torture and drowning of Afghan migrants by Iranian security forces and said the procedure of traveling to Iran should be made according to rules and principles, a statement said Saturday.

President Ghani made the remarks during a video meeting with Herat Governor Abdul Wahid Qatali and Mohammad Hameed Tahmasi, head of a delegation tasked to investigate the incident of Afghan migrants drowning and torturing.

Tahmasi said 12 Afghans were killed, 17 disappeared and 17 more rescued. They were residents of Herat and Faryab provinces.

He said the incident had been investigated in line with all available evidence, video clips, photos, responses of victims’ family members technically, legally and professionally.

In addition, international conventions, treaties and agreements were also taken into consideration during the investigation and different meetings took place with Iranian authorities, he said.

 According to the statement, Herat governor handed over plots and documents to families of the victims and other cash and food assistance as directed by the president.

The president ordered the issue should be investigated in line with internationally accepted rules and regulations and directed the Foreign Ministry to evaluate all sides of the issue and make sure that future travel to Iran was under defined principles.

Ghani also stressed providing more facilities to people in passport distribution and added that some projects were underway which will help alleviate poverty and generate work opportunities.



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