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Green Party says U.S. must take bigger role in refugee crisis

The Green Party is calling for “an expanded U.S. role in offering aid and new homes for Middle Eastern refugees and an end to interventionist ‘regime change’ policies that continue to provoke violent conflict and displacement of civilians,” the party said in a statement Thursday.

Green Party national co-chair Bahram Zandi said, “The crisis of displacement has been caused in large measure by U.S. policies in the Middle East, north Africa, and western Asia. When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in the last decade and ousted Qaddafi in Libya in 2011, the result was an era of regional instability and violence in countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. Greens warned that this would happen and opposed all of these actions.”

The Green Party is calling on the U.S. to end policies of military intervention and regime change, commit to providing humanitarian aid, and lead an international summit on Syrian refugee relief.

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