Jordan, UNHCR discuss Syrian crisis

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A general view of the Zaatari refugee camp on August 20, 2013. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh discussed with a visiting official from the UNHCR the economic impact of the Syrian crisis on host communities, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Shraideh’s talks Tuesday with Raouf Mazo, a UNHCR assistant high commissioner for operations, focused on the impact of hosting a significant number of Syrian refugees in Jordan since 2011.

The minister said the refugee community bore an additional burden on the country’s budget, especially subsidized commodities, education, health care, energy, and water resources.

Shraideh explained the cumulative and growing burdens of the Syrian crisis, with over 1.3 million Syrian refugees currently hosted by Jordan. He said that strained Jordan’s limited capabilities and resources, risking the Kingdom’s development process and national gains made over the past decades.

He reiterated the importance of the international community’s support for Jordan, through providing direct support to the government to ease the burden caused by the Syrian crisis on the national economy.

The minister commended the government’s constant efforts to update the Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian crisis 2023–2025, in partnership with UN organizations, as well as donor states.

Mazo voiced his appreciation to the level of cooperation with the Jordanian government. He repeated the UN’s keenness toward supporting Jordan’s government, and encouraging the international community to provide needed funds to enable the Kingdom to continue carrying out its humanitarian role.

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