ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have reiterated to work together for the return of Afghan refugees, both registered and unregistered, with dignity and honour to Afghanistan.
In this regard, Minister SAFRON Lt. Gen. (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch met with Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah in Geneva, where both have arrived to attend the Quadripartite Steering Committee on Afghan Refugees which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the UNHCR.
Abdullah Abdullah appreciated Pakistan’s generous hosting of Afghan refugees. He added that the government of Afghanistan had clearly decided that Afghan refugees should return to their country and all efforts were being made for their resettlement in Afghanistan.
He also appreciated Pakistan’s announcement of $500 million for Afghanistan at the recently concluded Brussels Conference.
Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch pointed out that Pakistan was successfully implementing the decisions taken by the last Tripartite meeting on refugees held in Pakistan.
He said that Afghan refugees were our brothers and sisters and that we had a particular interest in their return to Afghanistan with dignity.
They stressed the importance of close coordination between the two governments regarding the return of Afghan refugees.