Iran plans to put Afghan refugees under insurance
Tehran, Iran, April 22
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Director General of Foreign Nationals and Immigrants of Iran's Interior Ministry Ahmad Mohammadi Far has said that Iran is providing Afghan refugees with special social welfare services.
For the current year, the organization has on agenda to take the refugees under insurance coverage, Mohammadi Far told Trend on April 22.
"We are doing our best to provide the refugees with service in the fields of insurance, healthcare, and education in order to prepare them for going back to their country in the coming years," he said.
The official pointed out that life situations in Afghanistan are stabilizing and Iran and Afghanistan plan to prepare grounds for the refugees to go back home.
He further stated that related officials from Iran and Afghanistan are holding talks to coordinate further actions.
"We are waiting for them and it is the Afghani government that has to make an announcement, because we are already prepared to take action," he asserted.
"If they are prepared we can definitely reach a well-defined schedule for the undertaking," he said, answering the question if there is any timetable for sending the refugees home.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said April 20 that turning of refugees from Iran gradually is one of the government's top priorities.
Above one million Afghani refugees live in Iran.
Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand