Iran, responsible neighbor to Afghanistan

Islamic Republic of Iran as a responsible neighbor has always stood by nation and government of Afghanistan during four decades of war and insecurity in that country.

Over the past 40 years, Iran has been a generous and perfect host to millions of Afghan immigrants whose role in the Afghan reconstruction has been prominent in recent two decades.

In case of education, over 470,000 Afghan students are studying in Iran’s state schools. Near 300,000 of those students are being taught at elementary schools.

Thousand others are studying at Iranian universities and pursuing BA, MA and PhD in different fields.

Many Afghan refugees have got technical training in Iran, the training which helped them play key role in renovation and reconstruction of Afghanistan during the post-Taliban era.

Majority of Afghan people believe that Iran has been a sincere host and showed exemplary behavior towards the Afghan immigrants.

Deputy head of Center for International Affairs and Schools Abroad Mitra Teymouri said in an interview with Kabul-based Ariana Television Network that Iran offered generous vocational and educational services to Afghan refugees and immigrants.

Although international help has been small, Iran continued offering educational services to Afghan students residing in Iran, Teymouri said referring to high cost Iranian government bore in line with providing such services.

Teymouri also pointed to her talks with caretaker of Afghanistan’s Minister of Education Rangina Hamidi and said the two have stressed the need to develop educational, cultural and scientific cooperation.

Hamidi believes that many Afghan students are studying in Iran witnessing generous manner offered by the host country.

Mohammad Ali Jafari- an Afghan teacher who studied MA in Iran- told IRNA on October 13 that grave impacts of Iran’s services can be clearly seen at Afghan schools and universities.

The generation educated in Iran and returned to Afghanistan has brought about important changes to improve Afghan situation, the teacher said.

He added that today, most of the professors who teach at Afghan private universities are graduates of Iranian universities.

According to Jafari, Iran has acted as a responsible neighbor to Afghanistan.

Experts believe that Iran and Afghanistan which enjoy considerable commonalities in language and culture are of good neighborly relationship. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, 13 October 2020, said good disaster risk governance means acting on science and evidence.

According to the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, the UN Secretary-General in his message said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to the importance of strengthening disaster risk reduction and many countries are facing multiple crises simultaneously, we will see more of this.

The full text of his message reads:

Extreme weather events have risen dramatically over the past two decades, yet, we have seen little progress on reducing climate disruption and environmental degradation.

Bad situations only get worse without good disaster risk governance.

Disaster risk isn’t the sole responsibility of local and national authorities.

COVID-19 has shown us that systemic risk requires international cooperation.

Good disaster risk governance means acting on science and evidence.

And that requires political commitment at the highest level to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

To eradicate poverty and reduce the impacts of climate change, we must place the public good above all other considerations.

For these reasons and more, this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is all about strengthening disaster risk governance to build a safer and more resilient world. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday urged the European Union to play an effective role in any future political process.

“Europe believes in the two-state solution. Recognize the state of Palestine in order for us and you to break the status quo,” Shtayyeh said during an online debate with the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, attended by some 80 parliament members representing different countries and parties in Europe.

The most important dimension of breaking the current impasse, the Palestinian premier noted, is making the Israeli occupation costly.

During the debate, he highlighted the need for adopting a multilateral approach to the peace process and bringing the US monopoly over the peace process to an end.

“I call upon your parliament and your distinguished members of this parliament that Europe not to wait for the American president to come up with ideas. You and we have wasted four years waiting for the American president to come up with something,” Shtayyeh said.

“The US monopoly over the peace process has not been fruitful. We have suffered a lot because the US is in a strategic alliance with Israel. We need a third party who can really remedy the imbalance in the relationship between an occupied people and an occupier country, that is Israel,” he added.

2020-10-13 | News | English |