Foreign Minister Meets UNHCR Chief and Delegation
KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi and his accompanying delegation.
Mr. Grandi expressed his satisfaction of the reduction of pressure on Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran in terms of forcefully returning them, and informed of the preparations made for providing support to returnees. He also appreciated the initiative of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for registering and issuing passports to Afghan refugees in Iran.
Hinting at the ongoing severe drought in the country, the Foreign Minister said: “We have the highest number of refugees in the two countries – Iran and Pakistan - considering the sensitive situation in Afghanistan, return of refugees should be on voluntary basis and in consideration of their dignity.”
Mr. Rabbani deemed the travel of Mr. Grandi and his delegation of high significance and called for further cooperation of UNHCR with regards to Afghan Refugees in the neighboring countries as well as the internally displaced persons.
Both sides discussed and exchanged views on the holding of the international meeting in Geneva on Afghanistan, UNHCR’s future activities in the country and emergency humanitarian aid provision.