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Syrian government prioritizes return of refugees

Syrian government prioritizes return of refugees

Damascus, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) One of the priorities of the Syrian government is the creation of conditions for the voluntary and safe return of all displaced nationals to their homeland, said the Minister of Municipal Administration and head of the Higher Assistance Committee, Hussein Makhlouf.

“We are working tirelessly to complete the rehabilitation of the infrastructure in the areas liberated from terrorism and provide the services that facilitate such a return”, Makhlouf said during his meeting with the head of the mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Syria, Sivanka Dana Bala.

The official mentioned that general amnesty decrees were issued and measures were approved to facilitate and simplify procedures in border areas and ensure basic services to returnees, among other actions.

“The doors are open for all Syrians abroad to return and contribute to the construction and reconstruction of their homeland,” he said.

The participation of the UNHCR in the process through the implementation of projects that help create conditions for the return of the displaced was discussed during the meeting.

According to the Syrian authorities, some 2.5 million displaced Syrians have returned to their homes since 2018, for a total of six million since 2011.

Damascus blames Turkey and the United States for being the main obstacles to this process due to their direct occupation of regions of the Syrian territory, and their piracy and looting of national wealth, particularly wheat and oil.

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