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PM Imran Khan calls on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

17th Feb, 2020. 06:03 pm
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Imran Khan meets UN Secretary General

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday.

According to the sources, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was also present on the occasion.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that whenever he has visited Pakistan he has seen “remarkable resilience and commitment to the Afghan brothers, even when international support was minimal.”

Antonio Guterres today addressed a conference — jointly organized by the Pakistan government and UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

It was titled 40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity in Islamabad.

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi said The retreat and repatriation of Afghan refugees requires global efforts.

He was addressing International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, in Islamabad.

He said The retreat and repatriation of Afghan refugees requires global efforts.

Shah Mahmood said Pakistan is providing education and health services to millions of Afghan refugees.


Earlier Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees addressed the conference.

He said For the last 40 years, as we have heard, the people of Pakistan have stood with their Afghan neighbors.

Through the early days of upheaval and displacement, when a third of the country’s population fled across its borders in just a few years.

Through moments of hope, when millions returned, seeking stability and a future back home.

As the UNHCR representative in Afghanistan, almost 20 years ago, I was personally privileged to be part of a collective, extraordinary effort to support 3 million Afghans return home after years of exile. It was a historic repatriation and – allow me to add – the highlight of my professional experience.

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