According to Taliban authorities, a delegation from the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation of the Taliban government would visit Turkey to assess the situation of Afghan migrants and refugees as Turkey deported as many as 40,000 Afghan migrants to Afghanistan.

Mohammad Arsala Kharouti, the Taliban government’s deputy minister for refugees and repatriation, was quoted by the Bakhtar news agency as saying that the Taliban officials were not satisfied with their talks and meetings with Turkish authorities regarding the situation of Afghan refugees and their return to Kabul.

Deputy Minister Kharouti announced that he along with a delegation will visit Turkey this week to examine the situation of Afghan refugees and their issues.

“We want this delegation to have extensive discussions regarding the refugees’ repatriation, their issues, and challenges,” he continued.

According to the Taliban government’s deputy minister for refugees and repatriation, there are issues with the statistics, the deportation procedure, and assistance provided to Afghan refugees in Turkey.

According to Kharouti, the Taliban demands that Turkey provide the facilities for Afghan refugees in compliance with the rights granted to refugees by international law.

The number of Afghan refugees in Turkey is not precisely known, although the government estimates that there are 120,000 of them there. Turkey however has deported 40,000 undocumented Afghans back to Afghanistan, in the past seven months.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).