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Red Cross chief to tour Afghanistan


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Kabul, March 14 (IANS) Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is set to start a five-day visit to Afghanistan on Monday.

According to ICRC, the objectives of Maurer’s visit include review of the intense conflict in Afghanistan as insecurity increases and highlighting the humanitarian concerns to the donor community and main stakeholders there.

The visit is aimed to reiterate the ICRC’s commitment to assisting and protecting the people affected by the ongoing armed conflict, Xinhua news agency reported.

Upon his arrival to Kabul, Maurer is expected to meet Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to exchange ideas on the humanitarian aid in the war-plagued nation.

He will also make field trips to provinces to see the displaced people and visit their orthopedic centres.

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