In a statement on Sunday, Seyed Abbas Mousavi reacted to reports released by Afghan news media about an incident involving a number of Afghan citizens who were trying to make illegal entry into the Islamic Republic of Iran by crossing a border river.
Offering sympathy with the families of the victims, Mousavi said, “This incident has occurred on Afghan soil, and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Border Police has denied that any happening in relation to this has taken place on the soil of our country.”
“Considering the significance of the issue and in order to obtain detailed information about how the incident occurred on Afghan soil, we have been probing into the issue in cooperation with the officials of that country (Afghanistan),” the spokesman added.
His comments came after Afghan news media claimed that about 50 Afghan migrants crossing into Iran illegally have been beaten and thrown into a river.
Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry in a statement on Saturday said an inquiry had been launched and a senior official in the presidential palace in Kabul said initial assessments suggested that at least 70 Afghans who were trying to enter Iran from bordering Herat province were pushed into Harirud River.