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More facilities sought for Afghans in Iran

More facilities sought for Afghans in Iran

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Dec 15, 2014 - 19:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon on Monday urged Iran, which recently agreed to extend visas for thousands of refugees, to relax laws for Afghan travellers.

Kabul had sought more facilities for the Afghans living in and traveling to Iran, acting Foreign Minister Attiqullah Atifmal said at a meeting with Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Raza Bahrami.

He said Afghanistan expected the neighbour to provide higher educationinfo-icon opportunities for Afghan youth as the two countries enjoyed cultural, historical and political relations.   

Bahrami said the Iranian Embassy in Kabul provided multiple facilities to Afghans, increasing the number of visas. He added the visa system had been upgraded.

Earlier in the week, Tehran agreed to extend the stay of 450,000 Afghans for another six months. More than one million Afghan refugees are living in Iran without legal documents.

Separately, Atifmal met Chinese Ambassador Xu Feihong and asked him for commuting the death penalty of an Afghan into life imprisonment. The Afghan has been awarded the capital punishment for killing a Chinese citizen.

Ambassador Xu Feihong said he would convey Afghanistan’s request to higher officials in Beijing.

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