By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Kabul and Tehran have vowed to take steps to tighten border controls in an effort to combat illegal crossings and human trafficking.
On the conclusion of a two-day visit to Iran by a high-level Afghan delegation, foreign ministers of the two countries announced their decision in a joint statement the other day.
Acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar and the delegation he led held extensive negotiations with Iranian officials, including ministers of foreign and interior affairs.
Security and border committees have been ordered to take the necessary measures to ensure the security of the common border to prevent illegal traffic and smuggling of humans and goods.
According to Fars News Agency, the two sides underlined the need for the presence of Afghan security forces at the evacuated border checkpoints on their side of the frontier.
Iran promised facilitation of visa issuance to the Afghans for entry into the Islamic republic. Security guards were directed to closely monitor and control the border.
“The recent incidents that led to casualties were discussed in detail, and Iran informed Afghanistan of progress in investigation. Both sides agreed to prevent such incidents,” the statement said.