Monday, February 01, 2016

Jordan says unable to support Syrian refugees alone

Jordan said Sunday it is incapable of servicing Syrian refugees without support from the international community, reported the state-run Petra news agency.

"Jordan cannot be abandoned to face the consequences of the influx of substantial numbers of Syrians into the country," said the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Emad Fakhoury Sunday, implying the potential of adopting measures which may divert refugees to Europe.

During a meeting with United Nations (UN) agencies and donor countries' representatives, the minister reiterated the challenges Jordan faces due to hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

Furthermore, he also revised the government's efforts in reducing the pressure inflicted upon it via the influx of Syrian refugees.

He then called on the international community's support to Jordan during this crucial stage, to enable it to continue servicing Syrians and host communities.

A donors' conference will be held in London at the end of this week.

The minister said the event will provide Jordan with the opportunity to win over the international community's attention concerning Syria, and the consequences confronting it servicing Syrian refugees.

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