TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran, UNHCR discuss humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi have highlighted the importance of holding closer consultations between the two sides and discussed different dimensions of bilateral ties.
In the meeting, the top Iranian diplomat underscored the necessity of ameliorating the human situation in Afghanistan.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing Afghan people being forced from their homes inside the country and [seeing] their exodus to neighbouring countries,” said Amirabdollahian.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted its Afghan brothers and sisters for four decades now, and has tried to be a good host throughout all these years despite sanctions and economic pressure, and recently the coronavirus pandemic” he added.
“But it is essential that international organizations more actively discharge their responsibilities with regards to the humanitarian situation in this country in order to prevent more noble Afghan people from being displaced,” said the Iranian foreign minister.
The top UN official, in turn, expressed his gratitude to Iran for generously hosting Afghan migrants.
He elaborated on the latest humanitarian situation and challenges in Afghanistan and presented a report on his trip to the country.
He expounded on the UNHCR’s programs and reaffirmed its commitment to refugees, namely Afghan migrants.