Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani who headed the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, attended at the High-Level Meeting on Migration and Refugees on the Sidelines of the Seventy-first Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Foreign Minister delivered his speech at the meeting in the afternoon today, during his speech he said, “Based on our own experience, Afghanistan is well aware of the complex challenge associated with the issue of global refugees. The legacy of more than two-decades of armed conflict and violence brought about a situation, whereby millions of Afghan women and children were forced to leave their homes and seek refugee abroad. Since beginning a new chapter in Afghanistan’s modern history in 2001, millions of Afghans returned to their homeland, marking the largest repatriation movement in modern history. Needless to say, millions of our citizens remain refugees, and continue to face difficult social, economic and humanitarian conditions. In this regard, I would like to underscore the importance of ensuring that all refugees, whether Afghan or of any other nationality - are granted respect and equal treatment by host countries, in accordance with international humanitarian law, and human rights law.”
Foreign Minister also added, “We in the National Unity Government are cognizant that Afghanistan’s social and economic development provides the ultimate guarantee for resolving the challenges facing refugees and IDP’s, in a holistic manner. We are working to improve conditions for our peoples in town, villages and districts across Afghanistan. To this end, we look to the up-coming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in two weeks time, where we hope the international community will make new pledges of assistance to help us implement our National Peace and Development Framework, which aims at enabling us to achieve self-reliance during the Transformation Decade.”
The meeting was attended by Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Foreign Ministers from a number of countries. The attendees expressed their views on addressing large movement of migrants across the world.