Iran hands over Afghan border guards to their country

TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) – The spokesman for Iran's police announced that the Islamic Republic has returned Afghan border guards to their country, who took refuge in Iran after the Taliban forces attacked the Qala border crossing on Thursday.

"Following the unrest in Afghanistan, a number of Afghan armed border guards and a number of Afghan customs officials asked the border police of the Islamic Republic of Iran to let them enter our country," Second Brigadier General Mehdi Hajian said.

As he added, the Afghans were accommodated by Iran for a few days but according to the official request of the Afghan government and based on the decision of the Iranian officials, they were returned by a flight to their country.

On Thursday, the Islam Qala crossing at the zero point of the border of the Herat province of Afghanistan with the Dugharun border in Iran fell to the Taliban forces, after which the border guards of this country took refuge inside Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, meanwhile, hosted a meeting of delegations from the parties involved in Afghanistan on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss issues between them, which ended with a joint statement.

Tehran, with the support of the legitimate government of Afghanistan, has always called for the parties involved to avoid unrest and war and has done its utmost to resolve the country's problems through political dialogue between Afghan groups.

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