Iran says it has renewed the visas of 450,000 Afghan nationals for another six months while talks over their residency status continue with the Afghan foreign ministry.
On Friday, the Iranian foreign ministry announced that following a direct request issued by the Afghan president and head of administration to the Iranian president, which invoked “brotherly relations between the two countries”, the Afghan migrants will be given a six-month reprieve while issues around their residency status are sorted out.
Earlier it was announced that 760,000 non-status Afghans whose residency visas had expired would be deported to Afghanistan.
An Afghan delegation travelled to Iran in order to discuss the situation, aiming for a one-year renewal of their residency.
It is not clear at this point whether the remaining 310,000 are to be deported or not.