Jordan praised for hosting Syrian refugees

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan in Amman on Sunday. (UN Photo: Mark Garten).

Jordan has been praised for taking in more than 600,000 refugees from neighbouring Syria.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the country on Sunday, where he met with King Abdullah and other officials in the capital, Amman.

The visit to Jordan and other Middle East countries hosting Syrian and other refugees is part of the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit to be held this May in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN Secretary-General thanked Jordan for hosting Syrians who have fled the ongoing violence in their homeland.

The refugee crisis is costing the country nearly US$3 billion a year, according to the World Bank.

Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that a new financial initiative by the UN and the World Bank will help Jordan to create development opportunities from its current challenges.

The two leaders also discussed the Middle East Peace Process and the importance of the Israelis and Palestinians returning to the negotiating table.

While in Amman, the UN chief also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr Ban stated that a “political horizon” must be restored so that talks towards a two-state solution could resume.

The UN chief also reiterated his deep concern over the ongoing violence between the two sides.

Jordan is the latest country on the Secretary-General’s visit to the Middle East, which began on Thursday in Lebanon.

On Saturday, Mr Ban was in Iraq where he held talks with senior officials in Baghdad and addressed the Council of Representatives.

He also travelled to Erbil in northern Iraq for meetings with leaders in the Kurdistan Region during which he praised the “critical contribution” by the military forces there in battling the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

Mr Ban also expressed appreciation for the “generous support” the regional Government has provided to more than one million displaced Iraqis as well as thousands of refugees from Syria.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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