TEHRAN: Following Afghan rallies in various provinces in response to reported incidents of harassment of Afghan migrants in Iran, Tehran has requested protection for its diplomatic missions in Afghanistan as well as "necessary guarantees" for the safe operation of its diplomatic offices in the country.
According to an Iranian Foreign Ministry statement, the call was made by Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, at a press conference on Monday.
"Referring to the deep historical and multi-layered relations between Iranian and Afghan nations, as well as the Iranian people's and government's decades of respectful hospitality to the people of Afghanistan," the statement said, "he warned against the plans of conspirators and ill-wishers between Iran and Afghanistan."
"Unfortunately, some video and comments are being disseminated with the intent of instilling fear of Iran or Afghanistan, which preys on people's emotions and necessitates increased vigilance from the people and officials of the two nations," it said.
This comes as Afghans staged rallies in many districts, expressing their displeasure with reports of Iranian forces mistreating Afghan migrants in Iran, the report read
In response to the incident, a group of Kabul locals held a rally at Sehat Ama roundabout on Tuesday morning, demanding for a stop to mistreatment of Afghan migrants in the neighbouring country.