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Iran denies forcing women to divorce Afghan husbands

The Islamic Republic of Iran`s Embassy in Kabul on Sunday strongly dismissed as "sheer lie" the claim by certain segment of the Afghan press that Tehran forces Iranian women to divorce their Afghan husbands, IRNA reported from Kabul.

Iranian Embassy in a letter to Afghan Foreign Ministry, released on Sunday, said the reports published in the dailies `Eradeh` and `Arman-e Melli` to that effect are "untrue and sheer lie."

The Embassy said that Iran has not made such a decision but on the contrary has provided certain facilities for such families. It said that Tehran recommends Iranian and Afghan couples to register their marriage at notary offices based on the Islamic Republic of Iran`s regulations.

Eradeh and Arman-e Melli recently claimed that the Iranian government plans to separate more than 4,900 Afghan men from their Iranian wives.

Iran`s Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh too in an interview with IRNA last week strongly refuted the claim on separation of Iranian and Afghan couples.

More than two decades of war in Afghanistan has forced more than two and half a million Afghans to seek refuge in Iran and within more than two decades of residence, scores of the Afghans have married Iranians and have children.

... Payvand News - 8/31/03 ... --

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