Iran President: EU must live up to historic duty on refugees

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that European countries have a “humanitarian and historic duty” to do more to shelter refugees arriving at its borders.

“The world, especially Europe, has a humanitarian and historic duty to (…) help these displaced and stranded people,” Rouhani said, quoted on his website.

Europe has been facing an unprecedented influx this summer of people seeking refuge, many of them from war-torn Syria but also from Africa.

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said Saturday that 366,402 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with 2,800 killed or missing en route.

“We are glad some European countries have taken positive measures to save the displaced refugees and we hope that other EU countries would join this trend,” said Rouhani.

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