Syria, UNHCR discuss bilateral cooperation

Damascus, SANA- Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf met Sunday the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Syria, Sivanka Dhanapala to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation and possibility of participation in supporting the safe return of Syrian displaced to the homeland.

Makhlouf said that creating conditions for the voluntary and safe return of the Syrians to the homeland is one of the Syrian state’s priorities while simultaneously completing rehabilitation the infrastructure in the areas which have been liberated from terrorism and providing all facilities for displaced return.

Makhlouf highlighted the doors are open for all the Syrians abroad to return and contribute to rebuilding their home.

He noted the importance of the projects carried out, in cooperation with the UNHCR, especially lighting projects with renewable energy, restoration of the affected houses and setting up temporary housing shelters, and rehabilitating the infrastructure in various areas.

In turn, Dhanapala said that the meeting comes in the context of the preparation of the visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to the region with the aim of discussing the situation of the displaced in Syria and neighboring countries.

Shaza Qreima



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