Portugal offered to host 400 egyptian refugees

Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host a number of refugees currently residing in the country, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

As a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the issue, Portugal offered to host 400 refugees in the years 2018 and 2019, in cooperation and coordination with local authorities and the UNHCR.

The statement came in response to queries from a number of diplomatic reporters about the news circulated about the possibility of Portugal receiving refugees residing in Egypt.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid said that the fruitful cooperation with Portugal comes within the framework of the institutional dialogue between Egypt and the European Union on migration, and the efforts made by Egypt with the EU to resettle a number of refugees living in Egypt.

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