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The Mexican government is participating in a humanitarian program to relocate Afghan refugees, said Foreign Relations (SRE) Secretary Marcelo Ebrard on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

“In keeping with Mexico’s tradition in favor of refuge,” the Latin American country “has decided to support requests of a humanitarian nature — refuge, asylum, humanitarian visa — for people in Afghanistan,” said Ebrard.

Earlier in the day some 130 Afghans, mainly media workers who applied for humanitarian visas and their families, arrived at the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, following a 20-hour flight aboard a Qatar Air Force plane.

While all lives are important, this group “represents many values associated with freedom of the press and freedom of information,” said Ebrard.

A day earlier, Mexico received a small group of female students from Afghanistan in a bid to support women and young girls.

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