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President of the ICRC arrives in Afghanistan

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Peter Maurer, the president of the ICRC, arrived in Afghanistan today for a three-day visit.

While in the country, he plans to visit ICRC-supported medical facilities, the ICRC's rehabilitation centres for victims of violence and disease, ICRC staff members, and he plans to meet with authorities.

"Afghans have suffered from 40 years of conflict and they now face years of work to heal and recover. The International Committee of the Red Cross is dedicated to staying here to help that recovery. The future of all Afghans relies on the continued compassion, empathy and investment from the outside world," President Maurer said.

For more information, please contact:

Crystal Wells (English), cwells@icrc.org or +41 796 42 8056

Florian Seriex (French), ICRC Geneva, fseriex@icrc.org, +41 79 574 06 36

Ewan Watson (English and French), ewatson@icrc.org, +41 79 244 64 70