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UAE deports only illegal Afghan workers, not investors: MoFA

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Following reports that the United Arab Emirates has deported Afghan investors in Dubai and other cities of the kingdom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday said the decision will be implemented on illegal Afghan workers, not traders.

The MoFA said that has summoned the UAE ambassador to Kabul to explain on the issue.

“After meeting with the UAE ambassador, he vowed to discuss the issue with his government’s officials and address the matter in near future,” quoted by TOLOnews the MoFA spokesman Shekib Mustaghni said.

Reports suggest that nearly 600 Afghans, including Afghan investors, will be deported from UAE.

However, the MoFA spokesman said all of the 600 individuals are not traders; some of them have worked there while having no legal documents.

Officials in Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) blame the government for reluctance in helping Afghans abroad. They call on the government to take such issues serious and notice the plight of Afghans refugees and workers in foreign countries.

Quoted by TOLOnews, the ACCI director of international relations, Azrakhsh Hafizi, said the number of traders is more than 300 who will be deported by the UAE government.

He said the UAE has taken the decision as it considers the investors as threat to their security, but it is a strange consideration.

He suggested the government to take the issue serious and help the Afghan traders as their millions of dollars is in danger.

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