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PublishDate: Sunday, January 8, 2012 15:26

Afghanistan to open embassy in Greece

Around 50,000 Afghan refugees illegally travelled to Greece during 2010 and 2011 officials said.

A spokesman for the ministry of interior affairs of Afghanistan Janan Mosazai following a press conference on Sunday said, Afghan refugees are facing various issues in Greece and urge the Afghan government to assist them with their repatriation to Afghanistan.

Mr. Mosazai further added, a delegation of the Afghan officials from Kabul and Afghan embassy at Bulgaria visited Athens few days back to assess the issues of the Afghan refugees and issued around 600 passports for the Afghan refugees to repatriate back to Afghanistan.

He also said, around 100 Afghan refugees who were detained due to lack of legal documents, were freed from the central prison of Greece following Afghan delegation’s negotiations with the Greece officials.

According to Janan Mosazai, majority of the Afghans following their visit with the Afghan delegation urged the Afghan government to assist them with issuing the repatriation documents so that they should return back to Afghanistan.

Around 50,000 Afghan refugees illegally travelled to Greece during 2010 and 2011, officials said.

Majority of the Afghan refugees face critical problems while illegally travelling to European countries without having proper knowledge of the living conditions in these countries.

Janan Mosazai Afghan foreign affairs ministry spokesman said, the delegation of the Afghan officials also met with the IOM officials and Greece police officials and urged them to assist the Afghan refugees with the accodomation, and Afghanistan finally has decided to have a political representation in this country to resolve the issues of the Afghan refugees.

He also said, Afghanistan Embassy in Bulgaria might be closed after Afghanistan opens its embassy in Greece.

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