UNHCR deputy chief discusses refugee issues with Stanekzai during Kabul visit

The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly T. Clements and an accompanying delegation met with Afghanistan’s acting Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in Kabul where they discussed the return of refugees and resettlement of IDPs.

Stanekzai said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government intends to prevent further migration and repatriate former refugees. “However, given the decades of war, unemployment and restrictions on banking and economy, doing so is a huge task and the government is in need of the international community,” he said.

He also asked for UNHCR’s support in ensuring observance of global policies on migration in host countries.

Clements meanwhile said that the UNHCR is working to prepare a proper environment for the return of IDPs and refugees and that the organization plans to expand its operations and increase its staff in Afghanistan to attain this goal.

She also said issues faced by refugees will be raised with relevant authorities.