Iran to Extradite 251 Afghan Convicts in Coming Weeks: Deputy FM

Hassan Qashqavi

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi announced that 251 Afghan prisoners will be extradited from Iran in coming weeks.

Following efforts made by Iran’s Embassy in Kabul, Foreign Ministry and the Justice Ministry’s Directorate General for International Cooperation, and within the framework of an agreement on the extradition of imprisoned criminals between Iran and Afghanistan, the Afghan prisoners will be sent to their homeland.

He further emphasized that 21 Iranian nationals sentenced to imprisonment in Afghanistan have also been extradited to Iran on Sunday.

The deputy foreign minister added that two other Iranian convicts will be transferred to the country from Afghanistan in coming days.

Back in March, high-ranking officials from Iran and Afghanistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote consular cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

The cooperation agreement was inked during the third Tehran-Kabul consular cooperation meeting in the Afghan capital on March 8, attended by Qashqavi and Afghan Ambassador to Tehran Nasir Ahmad Nour.

During the session, the two sides also signed three documents to exchange and extradite prisoners.