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Jolie considers new role in UN

Angelina Jolie has revealed she is in talks to take on a new and expanded role with the UN refugee agency for which she already serves as goodwill ambassador.

The actress said she and the agency are still studying their options and working out the details for her to deal with refugee crises, but haven't settled on anything because they want to get it right.

"We are looking at a few countries in the world," Angelina said. "We're hoping to discuss it in the next few weeks but we want to research it properly and do it well."

The Salt star is a globe-trotting goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, visiting dozens of countries during her 10 years in the job. She stopped by the UN's European headquarters to highlight the plight of refugees globally in an address to the agency's executive committee.

Among the possibilities under discussion are a new role as special envoy on the refugee crisis affecting Afghans fleeing for Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan and Iran host around 2.7 million Afghan refugees.

Angelina told diplomats and officials with the refugee agency that her work for them has been "moving, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding, and unforgettable".

She described the refuges she has met as "the most vulnerable people in the world, and they are also the most resilient people in the world".

"Refugees are survivors, they are mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, they are all extraordinary people who have a remarkable story that tells of strength in the face of great loss," she added. "They need our help more than ever."

She said she hoped increasing budget constraints among UN donor nations would not prevent them from continuing to open their wallets to the world's most vulnerable.

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