Araghchi urges providing grounds for refugees' voluntary return

TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) – Iranian deputy FM underlined the need for facilitating return of refugees to their countries.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araghchi said on Sunday it is the duty of the world to facilitate return of refugees to their countries so that they can play a role in reconstruction of their homelands.

Speaking in a meeting on Sunday with the visiting head of the Executive Committee of UNHCR Pedro Commisario Afonso in Tehran, Araghchi said the principle policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of refugees is their voluntary return to their countries.

"We believe that Afghan refugees can prove efficient in reconstruction of their motherland based on the experience and expertise they have gained in Iran," said Araghchi.

Pointing to Iran's hosting of refugees from regional countries specially the Afghan's for the last three decades, Araghchi said, "Even when we faced problems of Saddam's imposed war against Iran and the unjust sanctions, we hosted millions of refugees in our country."

Commisario who is in Iran on the verge of UN refugee agency's meeting of high-ranking officials on Afghan refugees to become familiar with their condition in Iran, hailed Iran's generous hosting of Afghan refugees for more than three decades as a shining and outstanding example of assistance and support for the international community.

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