UN deputy secretary-general due in Tehran Sunday

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Kenneth Eliasson is planned to arrive in Tehran on Sunday as part of a regional tour to discuss the humanitarian impact of conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the UN spokesman announced.

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Eliasson will leave for Riyadh on Tuesday before heading to Abu Dhabi on Friday, Tehran on October 11, and Istanbul on October 13 for a meeting on the refugee crisis, AFP reported on Tuesday.

He will then head to Geneva on October 14 for talks ahead of a humanitarian summit set to take place in Turkey in May 2016.

Iran has hosted Afghan refugees since the late 1970s following the occupation of their country by the Soviet Union troops. Although many of those refugees have returned to their country voluntarily, there are still hundreds of thousands of documented and undocumented Afghans in Iran.

By Tasnim News Agency