Jordan hails Norway’s support for Syrian refugees

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi (right) holds talks with his Norwegian counterpart, Anniken Huitfeldt, in Amman on Monday. (Photo: Twitter)

AMMAN — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, commended Norway’s support to Jordan in facing the burden of Syrian refuges, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

In a joint press statement with his Norwegian counterpart, Anniken Huitfeldt, the minister said that supporting Jordan is essential, especially at the current stage when international assistance for refugees is declining, which constitutes a threat to these refugees’ right to live in dignity and to meet their living needs.

The two ministers discussed the Syrian crises and means to reach a solution.

According to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan’s response plan to the Syrian crisis amounted to $235 million for the first half of the current year, or 10.3 percent of the $2.28 billion that has been allocated for them.

However, the deficit in the response plan has reached $2.045 billion, 89.7 percent of total allocations.

Minister Safadi praised Norway’s stand on the Palestinian issue, saying “Norway has a clear position in supporting the two-state solution, and the Palestinian economy.”

He maintained that diplomatic relations between Jordan and Norway date back more than 60 years and pointed to continued communication, coordination, and cooperation that are ongoing at the current stage.

Safadi also discussed with Huetfield the prospects for expanding cooperation through projects that could be sustained or initiated by Jordan and Norway.

Both ministers also discussed the Sahara Forest Project, which Norway has supported since 2017. The pilot project is for forestation and job creation in the Aqaba region.

In a separate report, Al-Mamlaka quoted Huetfield as saying Monday that Jordan has a key role to play as a force for maintaining stability and political dialogue in the Middle East.

She affirmed that Norway will continue to support Jordan’s finances, as well as the refugee-hosting communities, in spite of the political situation and the current interest in the war in Ukraine.

She praised Jordan’s position on the issue of food security, noting the ongoing Norwegian-Jordanian action on stabilization and growth outside Europe.

The Norwegian minister and her Jordanian counterpart discussed the need to reach a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Another topic which was discussed was an upcoming donors’ meeting on the Palestinian issue; in which Norway has been very concerned about the absence of a political horizon.

The political tension in Iraq has also been brought to the table for discussion.

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