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British ambassador meets governor of Balqa, visits UK-funded projects

British Ambassador to Jordan Bridget Brind and Balqa Governor Nayef Al-Hadayat
British Ambassador to Jordan Bridget Brind (left) and Balqa Governor Nayef Al-Hadayat on Sunday, June 20, in Balqa Governorate. (Photo: Handout from British embassy)
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AMMAN — The British Ambassador to Jordan Bridget Brind visited Balqa Governorate on Sunday 20 June to meet Governor Nayef Al-Hadayat and visit a UK-funded project supporting refugees, as well as tour the scientific research facility at SESAME, which includes UK participation.اضافة اعلان

The ambassador also met with parliamentary representatives of the governorate and local young people during the trip, according to a statement from the British embassy.

Hidayat welcomed Ambassador Brind’s visit, stressing the depth of relations and friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom.

He briefed the ambassador on his tasks and duties as governor and said: “These tasks and duties have gone beyond the security and administrative role to deliver a development and improvements to the level of services provided to citizens.”

While in the governorate, Ambassador Brind visited the Musa Al-Saket Cultural Center, where she spoke to refugees at the project, which has been supported by UK Aid.

The Norwegian Refugee Council provides legal information, counseling, and assistance at the center on issues such as civil documentation, housing rights, and labor rights.

The ambassador concluded the visit at the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), the first synchrotron light facility in the Middle East. During the visit, Ambassador Brind met with Khaled Toukan, the director general of SESAME who led a tour around the facility.

SESAME sits near the village of Allan near Salt, 27km to the northwest of Amman, and hosts scientists from around the world.

In the statement, Toukan said that the "UK has played an exceptionally pivotal role in the development of SESAME scientific and technical activities.”

Support from the UK, such as donated equipment and training programs organized, “has allowed SESAME to develop at a far quicker pace than would otherwise have been the case," said Touqan.

The statement added that the British government’s recently published Integrated Review of the UK’s defense, development, and foreign policy has underscored the importance of science and innovation in the UK’s cooperation with international partners.

Following the meetings, Ambassador Brind said: “I was delighted to visit the governorate of Balqa and city of Salt today and to meet official representatives and young people in Balqa. As we celebrate Jordan’s first centenary and look ahead to another 100 years of close friendship between Jordan and the UK, it was good to visit the place where, 100 years ago, King Abdullah I took many important steps towards the founding of Jordan.”

A hundred years ago, Salt was the first town in Jordan to open a public secondary school. Today it hosts SESAME, the region’s first major international scientific center of excellence and the world’s first large research facility powered by renewable energy.

The statement added that the British government is committed to working in partnership with Jordan at all levels, both with government and with wider civil society.

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