Tackling refugees’ problems govt top priority: President
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday reiterated that resolving issues being faced by refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were among top priorities of the government.
Ghani expressed these views in his meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres at Presidential Palace.
Guterres reassured UN all out support for Afghanistan’s plans in voluntary return of Afghan refugees, saying UNHCR was prepared to help Afghan government in this connection.
The issue of refugees was government’s top priority and formation of high commission for refugees in the country demonstrated the government resolves to facilitate refugees.
“We work on a policy for voluntary repatriation Afghan refugees. We don’t want to have the term IDPs in Afghanistan anymore,” Ghani added.
He said the government wanted to have a gradual repatriation of refugees in order to adjust them in a proper way.
Ghani assured Afghanistan would host refugees who had come from other side of Duran Line due to ongoing military operations, but said armed groups would not be allowed to enter Afghan soil.
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