UN High Commissioner for Refugees Visits Kassala State
Kassala, Aug.22(SUNA)-The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, accompanied by the UNHCR Special Envoy for Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Abde, the Refugee Commissioner in Sudan and a number of representatives of the European Union countries, arrived in Kassala State today.
He was received by the Acting Wali (governor) and Secretary-General of the Government of the Kassala State, Al Tayeb Mohamed Al Sheikh.
The Acting Wali welcomed the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to the State , stressing importance of the visit in supporting protection of the refugees efforts in addition to supporting infrastructures of the basic services for communities which are hosting the refugees.
He reviewed the great challenges facing the State from existence and flows of refugees, calling on the international organizations to play bigger roles towards issues of refugees amid limited resources of the State which has seen new influxes of refugees due to continuation of conflict in Ethiopia.
The visit of the UNHCR senior official to Kassala State aims to inspect situations at the refugee camps within framework of getting acquanited with the ongoing arrangements for holding the high-level meeting on finding sustainable solutions to issues of refugees, displaced people, returnees and the host communities in Sudan and South Sudan which came at initiative from IGAD in collaboration with UNHCR.
It is to be noted that Mr. Filippo Grandi arrived in the Country Saturday on a two-day visit during which he will visit States of Kassala and Gedarif and that he will meet with the Prime Minister , Dr Abdalla Hamdouk, Foreign Minister, Dr Mariam Al Sadiq Al Mahdi and Minister of Interior , Gen(police) Izz-Eddin Al Sheikh.
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