Author Khaled Hosseini completes mission to Afghanistan

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 14 September 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Best-selling author Khaled Hosseini, a UNHCR Goodwill Envoy, ended a 10-day mission to his native Afghanistan yesterday with a call for the international community to remain committed to the country. Hosseini was in Afghanistan for the first time since gaining international recognition for his best-selling novel, "The Kite Runner," in 2005. His second book, "A Thousand Splendid Suns," was released earlier this year and has also been a major seller worldwide. Both are set in Afghanistan.