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Kuwait says will closely follow outcomes of refugee forum

‘Meeting an important opportunity to look into refugee affairs globally’

GENEVA, Dec 18, (KUNA): Kuwait will closely follow the outcomes of the First Global Refugee Forum, which will conclude later today here, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said.

In a statement to KUNA on the sidelines of the forum, Al-Jarallah said this meeting was an important opportunity to look into refugee affairs globally as it provided a platform for concerned countries to study refugee situations.

The topics raised during the forum reflected awareness on the size of the problem and provided the will to deal with it, he said. Solutions are not easy, but what is clear through the forum is the determination of the international community to deal with the issue firmly, he said.

Al-Jarallah drew attention to the importance of the forum in collecting efforts of the international community to deal with those multi-dimensional crises. Refugees’ numbers exceeded 71 million worldwide as a result of crises, confl icts and natural disasters, which requires the need to move and respond to their suffering through appropriate programs, Al-Jarallah added.

Refugees’ conditions will be more tragic and much worse unless the international community moves properly, he noted. Kuwait has a distinguished humanitarian role in dealing with refugees under the wise guidance of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, he stressed.

Kuwait is already seeking through programs, visions and collaboration with the UN and its organizations to alleviate suffering of refugees, he said. For example, he indicated, Kuwait is hosting the first international conference on caring for education in Somalia, where the displaced and refugees suffer mainly on the educational level

By Tamer Abul-Enein

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