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Norway Pledges Support for Refugees in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa February 09/2016 Norway has expressed its desire to provide support for refugees in Ethiopia.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held a discussion here today with Norway's State Secretary for Justice and Public Security Joran Kallmyr on ways of controlling illegal migration and other issues of mutual concern.

After the discussion, Joran Kallmyr told reporters that his country would extend support for refugees in Ethiopia in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

He indicated that providing support for the refugees as close as their country of origin enables Norway to help a large number of them and to save resources.

The state secretary also said the two countries have agreed to work in climate change and added that his country is ready to support Ethiopia's endeavors to combat the impact of drought.

Foreign Minister Spokesperson Tewolde Mulugeta said on his part Ethiopia currently hosts close to 800,000 refugees.

According to Tewolde hosting such a huge number of refugees needs an integrated work and Norway is asked to back Ethiopia in making the conditions of the refugees better.

The spokesperson added that Norway has been providing support for Ethiopia's education, green economy, and agricultural sectors