Afghans Deplore Anti-Iran Protests
Thousands of Afghan refugees based in Iran took to the streets in the northwestern city of Mashhad on Saturday to decry the "suspicious" anti-Iran protests in their country as an "enemy plot," Iran Daily reported.
They hailed the solidarity between Iran and Afghanistan, Presstv reported.
Shouting slogans like "The enemy plot is to create discord" and "Muslims, stay vigilant!" and carrying banners reading "Viva Iran and Afghanistan," the crowd marched through the streets of Mashhad, capital of Khorasan Razavi province that borders Afghanistan.
Addressing the marchers, one Afghan said "Those who gathered outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul and insulted Iranian officials and the Islamic Republic's flag, which bears the name of 'Allah,' were provoked and deceived by arrogant powers."
Protesters issued a statement at the end of the rally and said global arrogance "has adapted a new scenario with the aim of creating tensions between Iran and Afghanistan."
The statement said all "Afghan ills" are the product of the 2001 US-led invasion of the impoverished Muslim country.
On January 13 a group Afghans marched in Kabul and chanted insulting slogans against Iran.
The demonstrators attacked the embassy to protest at what they said was Iran's refusal to allow fuel trucks into Afghanistan from its territory and stopping tanker convoys at the joint borders. Iran says Kabul had broken its pledge about supplying the fuel to its people and instead redirected the fuel to foreign troops and NATO based in the war-torn country.
Western media launched propaganda against Iran by trying to harm Iran's popularity in Afghanistan and undermining its efforts in reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Following the incident, the Afghan envoy in Tehran was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in protest.
The demonstrations came a day after hundreds of Afghan nationals gathered in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Tehran to protest the anti-Iran moves in Kabul.
Hundreds of Afghans based in Tehran on Friday protested at what they said were ploys by hostile powers to create tensions between Iran and Afghanistan and insult the holy Qur'an.
They said those who had demonstrated in front of embassy in Kabul were subservient to arrogant powers.
The protesting immigrants commended the all-out support of the "Muslim and hospitable people of Iran for the oppressed people of Afghanistan in their Jihad against occupation and also for their hospitality toward millions of Afghan immigrants. We also are grateful for Iran's assistance for the reconstruction effort in our country." Afghans based in Qom also staged a rally on Friday to denounce insulting the holy Qur'an and attack on the Iranian mission in Kabul.