So he "firmly" hopes that it will once again be one of the priorities of Donald Trump's government.
"The protection of refugees must be guaranteed. Their access to a place where they are safe is extremely important, "he recalled at a press conference in Addis Ababa, where he was asked about the US veto of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.
"The United States has a great tradition in the protection of refugees, I hope this measure is only temporary," said the United Nations Secretary-General.
Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Philippe Grandi was "alarmed" yesterday by the impact of the temporary veto of US President Donald Trump on entering the country. Citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.
The diplomat stressed in a statement that "refugees should be treated equally in terms of protection, assistance and opportunities for resettlement, irrespective of religion, nationality or race."
Grandi expressed his "deep concern about the uncertainty that weighs on thousands of refugees in the world who are immersed in a process to be relocated in the United States."
This week alone, more than 800 refugees were expected to arrive in the United States, but were banned from entering the United States, the UN agency said.
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