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UN Praises Iran's Humane Treatment of Afghan Refugees

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TEHRAN, June 19 (ICANA) – The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Iran Bernard Doyle lauded the country for its efforts and effective measures in supporting the Afghan refugees residing in Iran, and underlined that Tehran has shown a kind and humanitarian behavior towards the Afghan nationals.
Sunday, June 19, 2011 11:51:26 PM
UN Praises Iran's Humane Treatment of Afghan Refugees

"Iran has well fulfilled its humanitarian duties in this regard," Doyle said in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday.

During the meeting, Salehi referred to the facilities provided by the Iranian authorities for the Afghan refugees during their presence in Iran, and said the humanitarian measures of the Islamic Republic will be remembered for ever by the world nations.

Meantime, he blasted the western countries for their unjust and politically-tainted approach towards the Afghan refugees, and said the western states have refrained from fulfilling their basic and legal duties with regard to the Afghan refugees for political reasons.

Over one million illegal Afghan refugees currently live in Iran but the Islamic Republic has received little international support.

Iran has called on the international community to strengthen support for Iran for hosting Afghan refugees and provide repatriation support for the refugees.

Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Iran has slowed in recent years in the face of poor security and economic conditions in Afghanistan, which Tehran blames on the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

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