Jordan plays crucial humanitarian role in war on Gaza— EU spokesperson

The European Union (EU) Spokesperson for the Middle East and South Africa, Luis Miguel Bueno_upscayl_2x_ultramix_balanced
The European Union (EU) Spokesperson for the Middle East and South Africa, Luis Miguel Bueno. (File photo: Jordan News)
BRUSSELS — The European Union (EU) Spokesperson for the Middle East and South Africa, Luis Miguel Bueno, stated that Jordan plays a crucial humanitarian role in the war on the Gaza Strip, adding that the air drop operations conducted by Jordan to aid Gaza residents send a clear message to all parties involved, including Israel, about Jordan's concern for the situation in Gaza on both humanitarian and political fronts, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

During an interview, Bueno commended Jordan for its efforts in conducting air drops to assist civilians in the strip. He noted that the EU provides funding and actively participates in relief efforts for the people of Gaza, adding that the EU has implemented an air bridge to send humanitarian supplies to the Egyptian city of El-Arish, which is in close proximity to Gaza, with over 40 flights already dispatched by the Union.

Bueno described these aids as 'a drop in the ocean,' emphasizing their limited impact relative to the vast needs in Gaza. He reiterated the call on the Israeli government to reopen the land crossings, including those in the north and the port of Ashdod, in addition to the Karem Abu Salem and Rafah crossings, arguing that this would provide safe passages for delivering aid to the displaced population in Gaza.

Furthermore, Bueno reaffirmed the EU’s stance, stating that it 'completely rejects' any siege imposed on Gaza. He emphasized the need for an accessible and transparent route to deliver aid to those in need. Bueno pointed out that the entire population of the Strip, representing 100 percent, is enduring severe food insecurity and famine, highlighting the urgent necessity of providing assistance to alleviate their plight.

He reiterated that the EU acknowledges Jordan's frontline position in the war on Gaza, highlighting the country's significant role. Bueno emphasized that this warrants robust and sustained support from both the Union and European countries to address Jordan's needs arising from the consequences of the war, whether in financial or humanitarian aspects.

Additionally, Bueno expressed anticipation for increased humanitarian cooperation from European countries towards Jordan, particularly concerning the provision of humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip.

Jordan and EU’s ‘special’ partnership
The EU spokesperson highlighted the ‘special’ partnership between Jordan and the EU, citing mutual visits, including His Majesty King Abdullah’s visit to Brussels in November 2023, and ongoing meetings between foreign policy officials.

 He noted that meetings held by the European Commission resulted in announcing a support package of at least 900 million euros for Jordan, spanning several years. This aid aims to bolster various sectors, including agriculture, youth skills development, job creation, and energy efficiency, with the EU announcing a new aid package worth 902 million euros in 2023.

Bueno explained that these initiatives seek to attract external investments, particularly from Europe, to strengthen economic, financial, and cultural ties between Jordan and the EU. He reiterated the EU's commitment to supporting Jordan in implementing administrative and political reforms directed by His Majesty’s government.

Both Jordan and the EU emphasized the robustness of their partnership and expressed readiness to enhance cooperation in political, security, trade, and cooperative issues. The EU commended Jordan's significant role in hosting a large number of refugees, especially from Syria, reaffirming its dedication to supporting refugees and host communities in the Kingdom.

In June 2020, the priorities of the partnership between the EU and Jordan for 2021-2027 were announced and signed during the fourteenth meeting of the partnership council between the two entities in the Dead Sea. The subsequent fourteenth meeting in June 2022, held at the Dead Sea, marked the first meeting in a partner country of the Union, where both parties adopted the partnership priorities for 2021-2027.

Official statistics revealed that the value of goods trade between Jordan and the EU surged by over 70 percent between 2002 and 2022, reaching 4.8 billion euros by the end of 2022.

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