Mikdad, Grandi discuss cooperation between Syria and UN High Commission for Refugees

Damascus, SANA- Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad on Thursday discussed with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and the accompanying delegation prospects of standing cooperation between the Syrian government and the UN High Commission for Refugees and particularly in facing the repercussions of the earthquake disaster which struck Syria last February.

During the meeting, Mikdad stressed the importance of the standing cooperation with the UN commission, organizations and its bureaus operating in Syria, to contribute to overcome the repercussions of the earthquake.

Dr. Mikdad pointed out the impact of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the West and the US on Syria.

The Foreign Minister reiterated the impact of these sanctions lies primarily on the ordinary people, and this is what Syria has faced during the crisis of the earthquake.

The UN High Commissioner, in turn, expressed appreciation over the cooperation the Syrian government is demonstrating with the Commission, indicating to the importance of coordinating the work between the Commission and various relevant government bodies.

Grandi stressed the need of integrating the relief efforts, which the High Commission is conducting following the occurrence of the earthquake and those it conducts regarding the return of the refugees.

Hala Zain

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