On this day, Afghanistan remembers the distress and hardships of Afghan refugees. The Afghan Government and in particular the Afghan Ministry for Refugees and Repatriations work hard to ensure voluntary and dignified gradual repatriation of Afghan refugees. With the continued assistance of our partners in the international community, Afghanistan will steadily aim at creating additional absorption capacities, vocational training, employment opportunities and other reintegration measures. The Government of Afghanistan is fully aware of the fact that increasingly large numbers of refugees pose a certain burden to host countries, particularly during periods of economic and financial crisis. We thank the host countries for their generous help and support and we trust that they will recommit to providing safe and dignified conditions for all refugees, in the spirit of international solidarity and sharing of responsibility.