United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday met with the Afghan refugees in Islamabad and praised Pakistan for hosting them for a long period at their homeland.

The UN secretary-general met with the refugees from Afghanistan, Yemen and Tajikistan hosted by the country during an event in Islamabad. The refugees shared their experience in the education, business and skill development sectors with the UN chief during their stay.

António Guterres said that Pakistan is a hospitable country and had especially hosted the Afghan refugees for a longer period. “I am thankful to Pakistan for their hospitality,” he said.

The refugees said that the Pakistani nation has taken care of them in the best possible way. “Even some of us are born in this country which has provided us not only a shelter but also better business and education facilities,” they said.

Pakistan hosts second-largest refugees population after Turkey globally. A total of 2.7 million Afghan refugees still enjoys the hospitality of Pakistan.