SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Mar 24 (NNN-WAM) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC), Khaled Khalifa, said, Qatar was one of the largest donor governments, which cooperates with international institutions and international organisations, providing relief and support for refugees in the Arab region and abroad.

The UNHCR official told Qatar News Agency (QNA), on the sidelines of the International Government Communication Forum, which concluded in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, that, Qatar is distinguished by an on-the-ground presence of a large number of its non-governmental organisations, in terms of number and quality of performance, in various countries of asylum.

He pointed out that, the GCC countries are among the most countries, which support the refugees and ranked among the top 20 donor countries in the world, noting, in this regard, the growing cooperation with the UN organisations over the recent period to meet the challenges.

Kuwait has hosted three Conferences to support Syria, which raised nearly US$7 billion, he said, adding that, the UAE plays a pioneer role in this field.

Khalifa said, there are more than 16.7 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate and 4.5 million refugees under United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)’s mandate, while the Arab region hosts 39 percent of them.

The crisis of Syrian refugees is one of the biggest challenges facing the world at present, he said, pointing that, more than six million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN, including 2.7 million in Turkey, 1.1 million in

Lebanon and 656,000 in Jordan.

Source: NAM News Network