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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi visits Güllüoğlu 16 February 2018

Feb. 16, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi and a UNHCR delegation visited the Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu in his office.

Head of AFAD Dr. Güllüoğlu expressed his appreciation over the visit of Filippo Grandi and the UNHCR delegation and stated that there are similarities between the crisis experienced in Bangladesh and Syria and that Turkey attaches great importance not only to the Syrians but to all refugees around the globe and carries out daily monitoring activities about the crisis in Myanmar within this context.

Stating that 25.000 shelter units will be established in Bangladesh, Dr. Güllüoğlu said the Minister of Disaster Management and Relief of Bangladesh and the delegation accompanying him had the opportunity to see AFAD camps and learned from AFAD’s experience in the field during their visit to Turkey.

Speaking after Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu, Filippo Grandi noted that there is a historical cooperation between AFAD and UNCHR and stated that UNCHR is willing to continue to work globally and cooperate with AFAD in the future. “Turkey is a very important stakeholder for UNCHR,” said Grandi adding that his organization also wants to offer aid and support to Bangladesh.

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