ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) announced on Sunday that Pakistan will organize a two-day conference on Afghan refugees to be held from February 17 to 18 in Islamabad, reported ARY News.
FO spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui said in a statement that the Refugee Summit will be held in Islamabad from February 17 to 18, which will be opened by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He added that representatives from 20 countries and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will attend the next summit.
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In early December of last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, said Pakistan still hosts three million Afghan refugees despite being a state facing serious economic challenges, including poverty and unemployment.
He said Pakistan is proud to host Afghan refugees for more than 40 years. He commended the government of Switzerland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for organizing the first Global Refugee Forum. The prime minister also congratulated the Turkish president for giving asylum to the largest number of refugees.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan faces several challenges, including poverty and unemployment. He urged the formulation of effective plans that could put an end to the risks of people being displaced throughout the world. He added that Islamabad is doing everything possible for the success of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan for the establishment of peace.