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UN Secretary General lauds Pakistan over heartfelt hospitality for Afghan refugees
February 16, 2020

A delegation of Afghan refugees called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Islamabad today.

They discussed matters pertaining to Afghan refugees.

Speaking on the occasion, the UN Chief said Pakistan is one of the largest refugee-hosting nations in the world.

He said overall 2.7 million refugees are residing in Pakistan with 2.4 million registered refugees affected by the Afghan war.

The Secretary General expressed gratitude to people and government of Pakistan over their heartfelt hospitality.

Representatives from Afghanistan, Yemen and Tajikstan were part of the delegation.

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Islamabad to attend an international conference on Afghan refugees. 

On arrival at Nur Khan Airbase, he was received by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram and senior officers of the Foreign Office and the United Nations in Pakistan.

During his four-day stay, the UN Secretary General will call on the President and the Prime Minister. He will also hold meeting with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi. During these meetings, Pakistan's perspective on all aspects of Jammu and Kashmir dispute will be shared with the UN Secretary General.  

The Secretary General’s other engagements include interactions with parliamentarians, media and the youth. He will deliver special talks on themes of sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping.

The Secretary General will pay a visit to Lahore. He will also travel to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

Earlier, on his way to Pakistan, the UN chief tweeted that Pakistan is one of the most consistent and reliable contributors to the United Nation’s peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Lauding Pakistan’s contribution to worldwide peacekeeping efforts, Antonio Guterres said he is visiting the country to express his gratitude to the people.                                    

(NNR/Abdul Rehman/Abid)