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Iran calls for global efforts to tackle refugee crisis

20 September 2016 14:52

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ran’s Interior minister has called for a global contribution to the safe repatriation of the refugees and migrants hosted by the Islamic Republic for many years.

Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli made the remakes in an address to the UN General Assembly’s first-ever summit for Refugees and Migrants on Monday.

He said the Islamic Republic has been hosting a huge population of refugees for many years, a move that has put Iran “among the lead countries in the history of humanitarian assistance.”

The minister was referring to a massive influx of refugees from the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

“This has been remarkably achieved on the basis of our religious teachings and humanitarian principles,” said Rahmani-Fazli, adding that Iran-based refugees now enjoy job opportunities, as well as education and health services “above many international standards.”
Rahmani-Fazli emphasized that the refugee crisis, which he explained as of a global nature, requires a global investment.

“The international community as well as the developed countries should take full responsibility vis-a-vis this issue,” he stressed.

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