Hanafi aks Afghans living abroad to return home



Second Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi on Sunday called on Afghans outside the country to return home as security has been provided across Afghanistan.

Speaking at a ceremony on International Migrants Day, Hanafi asked the international community and foreign investors to invest in Afghanistan and stop making hurdles towards implementing development projects.

“If someone has left the country due to security concerns, we give them the message to return to their beloved country. Afghanistan is a shared home for all of us,” Hanafi said.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation vowed that the Islamic Emirate is committed to addressing the problems of refugees.

Addressing the same gathering, the acting minister of refugees and repatriation, Khalil Rahman Haqqani, called on the world to remain committed to the rights of Afghan refugees.

“The refugees who are losing their rights in the countries face problems and don’t have documents. They (host countries) should cooperate and provide their rights,” he said.

“The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation as a responsible organization tries to transfer Afghan refugees voluntarily and through a dignified manner,” said Mohammad Arsala Kharotai, Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation.

Afghan refugees who have returned to the country complained about “severe economic challenges” and unemployment.

“Unemployment exists in Afghanistan. There is no job. We have no option but to go overseas,” said Abdul Rahim, a returnee.

“We call on the Islamic Emirate to provide us job opportunities so that we can work in our country,” said Torialai, a returnee.—Tolonews