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Visas renewed for 450 thousand Afghans in Iran

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran says it has renewed the visas of 450,000 Afghan nationals for another six months while talks over their residency status continue with the Afghan foreign ministry.

Photos: Afghan Immigrants' Camp in Torbat-e Jam, Iran

On Friday, the Iranian foreign ministry announced that following a direct request issued by the Afghan president and head of administration to the Iranian president, which invoked "brotherly relations between the two countries", the Afghan migrants will be given a six-month reprieve while issues around their residency status are sorted out.

Earlier it was announced that 760,000 non-status Afghans whose residency visas had expired would be deported to Afghanistan.

An Afghan delegation travelled to Iran in order to discuss the situation, aiming for a one-year renewal of their residency. It is not clear at this point whether the remaining 310,000 are to be deported or not.

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