A delegation from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today.

At the meeting held at PM's residence in Baluwatar, Nepal representative of UN- HCR Carolin Spannuth Verma inquired about management of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.

PM Oli expressed gratitude to UNHCR for its assistance in management of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and believed that such assistance would continue in the days ahead. Nepal, a developing country facing its own problems, wants to manage the refugee problem gradually.

"Nepal has put in priority the graceful repatriation of refugees to their country. If that does not happen, their resettlement in a third country is another option. The third option can be management within Nepal. Nepal government is open to all three options," the PM told the delegation.

The PM also believed that UNHCR would extend assistance to this end.

On the occasion, Nepal representative Verma said UNHCR was positive about continuing assistance to the management of refugees.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 17, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.