Argentina praised for accommodating 3,000 Syrian refugees

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina, in Buenos Aires. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Argentina has been commended by the UN Secretary-General for taking in 3,000 people who have fled the conflict in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking to journalists in the capital, Buenos Aires, following a meeting with President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Ban described Argentina as a country which has attracted immigrants from across the globe.

The UN chief thanked President Macri for his "very generous and compassionate leadership" in accommodating the 3,000 refugees from Syria.

He also previewed an upcoming UN General Assembly meeting in September to address the question of large flows of refugees and migrants.

"The number of refugees at this time has reached 65 million people who had been fleeing around the world. This is an uncontrollable, untenable situation. We are now working on this matter to discuss how we can share globally, based on a shared responsibility, and Argentina is now showing great compassion and leadership and generosity to the people who are in need of such support. I am very much grateful for that." 

Mr Ban also commended Argentina's commitment to implementing last December's Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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