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Iran has stopped expulsion of Afghan nationals, Embassy

Kabul, Jan 16, IRNA - Iranian Embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday that Iran has currently stopped implementing a plan to expel foreign nationals who stay in Iran illegally.

The Embassy said in a statement that the plan is currently on hold on humanitarian ground following a request made by the Afghan government to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The statement said that Iranian Ambassador to Kabul Fada-Hossein Maleki conveyed request of the Afghan government to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he agreed to stop expulsion of Afghans staying in Iran illegally.

"So, a grace period has been given to the Afghan government to make preparations for hosting the Afghan nationals to be expelled from Iran in future," the statement said.

Some 2.5 million Afghans stay in Iran of whom about 1.5 million do not have documents for longer stay.

The Afghan nationals enjoy dlrs five million a day in subsidies in addition to several thousand job opportunities available for them.

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