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Iran to Reopen Embassy in Kabul - 2001-11-17


An Iranian official says Iran plans to reopen its embassy soon in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

There is no word when Iran could resume embassy operations in Kabul, but one report (by Reuters) says Iranian diplomats are already in the Afghan capital to assess the situation.

Tehran recognizes the government of ousted Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, as does the United Nations. The deposed leader has close ties to the Northern Alliance.

Iran shares a long border with Afghanistan, and is home to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees who fled to Pakistan and Iran to avoid ongoing civil war and years of drought. Iran's refugee crisis has grown worse over the past six weeks, since U-S - led airstrikes began hitting Taleban and al-Qaida terrorist targets.

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