Int'l Efforts Needed to Help Afghans Return

Int'l Efforts Needed to Help Afghans ReturnInt'l Efforts Needed to Help Afghans Return

Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari has urged the international community to assist in the development of Afghanistan and pave the ground for the voluntary return of Afghan refugees to their country.

Zolfaqari made the remarks in Tehran on Monday following his return from the 65th Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 29 to October 3, IRNA reported.  

The official added in the conference Tehran called for constructive cooperation between hosting countries to help Afghan refugees return home.

He appreciated efforts made by the UN refugee agency to alleviate the suffering of millions of refugees across the world.  

Zolfaqari expressed hope that with the formation of the new government in Afghanistan, the country will move toward economic development and sustainable growth.

He also said establishment of peace and security in the neighboring countries is of special significance to Iran.

UNHCR’s governing executive committee meets in Geneva annually to review and approve the agency’s programs and budget and discuss a wide range of issues concerning refugees worldwide.