Iran, Australia discuss Iranian asylum seekers

Iran Foregin Minister visits Austria to discuss circumstance of Iranian asylum seekers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iran Foregin Minister Javad Zarif.

Iran's Foreign Minister visited Canberra on Tuesday and discussed human rights, extremism and boosting trade ties with Australia.

Australia wants to forcibly return those found not to require protection under its complementary protection regime or the Refugees Convention, many of whom are currently residing in the country's contentious offshore holding centres.

Javad Zarif gave a statement after a discussion with Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, and said that the country had no objection to Iranian citizens returning "voluntarily."

"We cannot force anybody to come back to Iran but if anybody wants to come back voluntarily, we always take our citizens with pride," he said on Tuesday, adding that it was within Australia's "legal rights" to consider deportations.

The visit was the first visit by a senior Iranian minister in 13 years.


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