UN Chief Hails Pakistan for Being World’s Second Largest Host of Refugees

By Ayaz Gul |

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres meets with Afghan refugees, Feb. 16, 2020. (Courtesy Pakistani Information Ministry).

(VOA News) ISLAMABAD – U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday began a three-day visit to Pakistan by urging the international community to support countries that continue to host millions of refugees from war-shattered Afghanistan.

The U.N. chief also called for India and Pakistan to defuse tensions over Kashmir and emphasized “the absolute need” for Indian authorities to “fully” respect human rights in the disputed majority Muslim region.

Guterres is in Islamabad for meetings with Pakistani leaders and to deliver a keynote address to an international conference Monday marking Pakistan’s four decades of support for Afghan refugees.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses an event on Sustainable Development and Climate Change, in Islamabad,…

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses an event on Sustainable Development and Climate Change, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 16, 2020.

Addressing a news conference in the Pakistani capital, Guterres said despite its own challenges and limited support from the international community, Pakistan has sheltered Afghan refugees for 40 years, making it the world’s second largest host of the refugees.“

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