King receives UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards host countries — HM

His Majesty King Abdullah and HRH Crown Prince Hussein meet with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at Al-Husseiniya Palace on September 11, 2022. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday received UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at Al–Husseiniya Palace, according to a Royal Court statement.اضافة اعلان

The meeting, attended by HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II, covered cooperation between Jordan and the UNHCR, as well as means of bolstering efforts to continue providing services to refugees and supporting host communities.

 King Abdullah stressed the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards host countries, especially in light of challenges related to global food security.

 For his part, Grandi expressed the UNHCR’s gratitude for the hospitality Jordan and Jordanians are showing to Syrian refugees, noting that UNHCR, the will continue to support the Kingdom and advocate for international support as refugees and host communities face increasing economic challenges

 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan attended the meeting.

PM, FM meets Grandi
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh received Grandi and discussed cooperation between Jordan and UN organizations with regard to the Syrian refugee crisis, Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The prime minister urged the international community to continue supporting host nations and emphasized the value of cooperating with the UNHCR to provide vital services for Syrian refugees.

Khasawneh cited the economic difficulties and pressures brought on by the refugee crisis in the fields of education, health, water, and the labor market.

Grandi, for his part, said the UNHCR is aware of the difficulties Jordan is facing as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis.

He reaffirmed that the UNHCR and other UN organizations are committed to coordinating global efforts to assist host countries in dealing with the consequences of the refugee crisis.

In a separate meeting with Grandi on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, warned of what he described as a significant decline in international aid to refugees in the region and to partner UN organizations, Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The minister urged a collaborative effort to secure the funding required to give refugees a decent life and to assist host countries in coping with the ramifications of the refugee crisis.

Safadi praised the strong partnership between Jordan and the UNHCR, which he said helps to provide services to about 1.3 million Syrians in Jordan, only 10 percent of whom are in refugee camps.

The minister emphasized the UNHCR’s role in assisting refugees and keeping their cause on the international agenda, and agreed with Grandi to step up joint efforts to mobilize international support for refugees.

Grandi lauded the significant humanitarian contribution made by the Kingdom in hosting Syrian refugees and providing them with the necessary care, health, and educational services.

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