Prince Hassan inaugurates new ICRC office in Amman

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HRH Prince Hassan inaugurates the new office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Swefieh, Amman, on November 3, 2021. (Photo: ICRC Jordan’s Twitter account)
AMMAN — HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal on Wednesday inaugurated the new office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sweifieh, Amman, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The opening ceremony was attended by Sarah Avrillaud, head of the ICRC delegation in Jordan, Sami Khasawneh, member of the Executive Committee of the Jordan Red Crescent Society, and several senior officials of the ICRC.

Prince Hassan thanked the ICRC for the invitation, saying the gesture is “a continuation of the tradition of many years”, and noted that his first interaction with the ICRC was after what he described as the “groundbreaking war” of 1967.

He added that the Jordan Valley has been affected by unprecedented events, such as the 1967 war and the effects of climate change. He praised the ICRC for documenting its intervention in the region over the years through the images displayed all over its new office building.

Prince Hassan also praised the organization for always being concerned about “human dignity and human safety”, and for empowering those affected by armed conflict by “embracing, healing and comforting them.” He said that “the ICRC is a true representation of humanity”.

Avrillaud for her part said: “We are proud to count your Royal Highness as a long-standing friend and supporter of the ICRC, and today it is our pleasure to have you inaugurate our office.” 

“The ICRC in Jordan today has 300 staff and is a mix of operations supporting Jordan’s efforts in dealing with humanitarian needs and regional teams providing expertise and support to delegations in the region,” she added.

Prior to cutting the ribbon, Prince Hassan toured each of the floors of the new facility that house the Jordan Delegation Operations, the support units, the Logistics Support Centre, the Learning and Development Centre, and the Regional Resources Network. 

The ICRC opened a delegation in Jordan in 1967 and has continued to respond to various humanitarian and emergency needs of those affected by armed conflicts in the region through its operations in the country, while also promoting International Humanitarian Law. 

The ICRC also supported Jordan in its COVID-19 pandemic response, largely in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers Directorate and the Jordan Red Crescent Society.

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