FM holds talks with UN officials to discuss efforts to solve Syrian crisis

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AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi held extensive talks on Monday with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.اضافة اعلان

The discussions focused on efforts to solve the Syrian crisis and explored mechanisms of cooperation between the Kingdom and international organizations in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.

Safadi briefed the UN officials on the outcomes of the Jeddah and Amman meetings, as well as the details of the Amman Declaration.

The declaration presents a roadmap for gradual progress towards a political solution to the Syrian crisis, encompassing its humanitarian, security, and political consequences.

Emphasizing the importance of cooperation between the Arab Committee for Liaison with Syria (formed by the Arab League) and the UN and its organizations, Safadi highlighted their joint efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, and address regional and international challenges resulting from the crisis, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Necessary security and living conditions
Safadi and the UN officials discussed the implementation of the Amman meeting agreement, particularly in providing necessary security and living conditions for the voluntary return of refugees.

Safadi asserted that the solution to the refugee crisis lies in creating a conducive environment for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees.

He called for effective measures to support the refugees who choose to return, ensuring their security, safety, and access to the necessities of a dignified life.

He provided an overview of the Jordanian initiative and its alignment with the Amman Declaration on the return of refugees. He also discussed avenues of cooperation with UN organizations for the implementation of the initative.

1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan
Safadi and the UN officials stressed the significance of existing cooperation between Jordan and international organizations to address the burden of asylum and provide adequate living conditions for the approximately 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Safadi cautioned against the repercussions of reduced international support for refugees, international organizations assisting them, and host countries.

He further warned about the negative impact of reduced services provided by certain international organizations to refugees in Jordan, urging the maintenance of these services.

Highlighting Jordan's strained capacity to accommodate refugees and the accompanying economic challenges, the foreign minister called upon the international community to fulfill its responsibilities towards refugees and provide the necessary support to Jordan.

He emphasized that meeting refugees' needs until their return to their homeland is a humanitarian duty and a regional and international security imperative.

Griffiths, Grandi, and Pedersen expressed appreciation for Jordan's significant humanitarian role in hosting refugees and providing crucial services such as education and healthcare.

The participants agreed to continue coordinating and taking joint action to create favorable conditions for the voluntary return of refugees, assist those who choose to return, and provide adequate support to both refugees and host countries.

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