Iran’s interior minister in Switzerland for ExCom meeting

Tasnim – Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli travelled to Geneva to attend the 70th session of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Rahmani Fazli is going to give an address to the annual meeting of the UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee.

The Iranian minister is also planned to hold meetings with senior officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UNHCR on the sidelines of the gathering in Geneva.

ExCom holds annual meetings, usually in Geneva during the first half of October. Participants in the one-week meeting review and approve the agency’s programs and budget and also discuss a range of other issues with UNHCR and intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

ExCom’s Standing Committee, however, meets several times each year to carry on the body’s work between plenary sessions.

The annual plenary session of the Executive Committee is open to all UN Member States. ExCom Member States are seated first, followed by all other UN Member States participating as observers to the session.

Following interventions by ExCom Member States, observers are normally given the right to speak, at the discretion of the ExCom Chairperson. However, observers do not have voting rights and are unable to participate in decision-making, according to its website.