Red Cross to support Uzbek efforts to bring back citizens from conflict zones


TASHKENT -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is ready to help Uzbekistan bring home its citizens from conflict zones, AKIpress reported Monday (June 10).

Uzbek Ambassador to the United Nations Ulugbek Lapasov met with ICRC Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Patrick Vial June 7, according to the Uzbek Foreign Ministry.

Vial welcomed the decision of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to bring home 156 Uzbek citizens -- 48 women and 106 children -- from Syria, adding that the IRCR will continue to help in that regard.

The ICRC is ready to help with locating people in conflict zones in the Middle East at the request of their relatives and to train local psychologists to work with the returnees, Vial said.

UNICEF is also ready to co-operate with Uzbekistan in bringing back Uzbek children found in Iraq and Syria, UNICEF Representative Sascha Graumann said earlier.

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