Iran serves more than 4.5 million Afghan refugees: FM – Politics News
In a video chat on Monday, Amirabdollahian and his New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta discussed relations between the two countries and regional developments.
Hailing the friendly relations between the two countries and hailing the idea of holding a joint economic and political commission, the Iranian foreign minister expressed hope that the meeting would help expand bilateral relations in various fields.
The Iranian Foreign Minister also referred to the continuing threats of the COVID-19 pandemic and the production of various vaccines in Iran, saying joint scientific cooperation with New Zealand in the medical field is one of the opportunities in bilateral relations.
As for Afghanistan, Amirabdollahian noted that forming an inclusive government representing all ethnic groups is a necessary step to establish peace and stability in the country.
He then highlighted the steps taken by Iran to provide services to more than 4.5 million Afghan refugees, stressing the need for the international community to help fulfill this grave responsibility. He also appealed for help from friendly countries, including New Zealand, the Foreign Office website reported.
For his part, Mahuta highlighted the friendly ties between his country and Iran, describing the joint meeting of the Economic and Political Committee as a key opportunity.
She also admired Iran for its humanitarian approach to hosting millions of Afghan refugees and highlighted New Zealand’s policy to support the establishment of peace in Afghanistan and help asylum seekers.
Referring to Iran’s important position, Mahuta stressed the need to expand cooperation between the two countries in various fields.