Tehran, Iran - Iranian foreign policy ignites its fair share of Twitter storms. But when a member of President Hassan Rouhani’s administration said earlier this month that the country’s deepening economic crisis could lead to the expulsion of millions of Afghans from Iran, the criticism hit social media like a flash flood. “Our country’s problems won’t be resolved with [the] departure of the dear Afghans,” tweeted conservative academic Mohammad Hosseini. “Perhaps they have even been more effective in bringing prosperity to the country than the government supported by you.” The editor-in-chief of the conservative news website FardaNews, Mohammad Saleh Meftah, was equally scathing. “Would that we would think about what our words do to three million of our Afghan brothers and sisters,” he tweeted. “Imagine you have become used to your life in Iran for years (perhaps generations) and a diplomat says he will displace you with a smile!” The diplomat he referred to is Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Abbas Araghchi. During a May 8 interview on state television, Araghchi warned that Iran may be forced to “ask our Afghan brothers and sisters to leave” if the economic crisis spawned by sanctions from the United States continues to squeeze… Read full this story
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