Mikdad: Syria is keen to cooperate with UNHCR to facilitate return of Syrian refugees

Damascus, SANA- Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Faysal Mikdad, discussed on Sunday with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, fields of cooperation between the Syrian government and UN organization.

During the meeting, Minister Mikdad stressed the importance of boosting cooperation between the Syrian government and the UNHCR, briefing Grandi on the steps taken by the Syrian government to facilitate the return Syrian refugees to their cities and villages.

Mikdad affirmed the Syrian government’s keenness to cooperate with the Commission in that field in light of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, away from attempts by some sides to use this file for political goals that contradict the interests of the Syrians.

He talked about the economic repercussions of unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people and their impact on the return of refugees, as these measures limit the ability of the state and humanitarian organizations operating in Syria to provide the basic requirement for those who wish to return.

For his part, Grandi was satisfied over cooperation between the UNHCR and the Syrian government, briefing Mr. Mikdad on the activities and initiatives undertaken by the UNHCR in order to contribute to finding the conditions for the return of Syrian refugees to their country, expressing the UNHCR’s readiness to intensify all efforts in order to provide the basic requirements for the return.

He stressed the Commission’s commitment to work in accordance with its humanitarian goals only, and its keenness to keep away from any political agendas.

MHD Ibrahim/ Mazen Eyon

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