AMMAN — Italian Senator Margherita Boniver, Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi’s special envoy for humanitarian emergencies, arrived in Jordan on Wednesday to discuss cooperation with Jordanian officials and visit the Zaatari Refugee Camp near Mafraq.
Boniver is in Jordan to express Italy’s support and friendship on behalf of Terzi towards the Jordanian government in its efforts to cope with a vast influx of Syrian refugees, according to a statement from the Italian embassy.
During her visit, Boniver will donate paediatric medicines, a generator and other equipment to strengthen the functionality of the Italian field hospital in the Zaatari camp, which was inaugurated in July.
The $780,000, 16-bed hospital, which was donated by the Italian government, has the capacity of receiving 100 patients a day, Italian Ambassador to Jordan Francesco Fransoni said at the time of its launch.
Established and commissioned by Italian medical experts, the hospital is managed by the Royal Medical Services.
The assistance is part of the recent collaboration agreement between Italy and Jordan as part of the Regional Humanitarian Working Group of the Friends of the Syrian People, in response to the “persistent deterioration” of the situation in the Kingdom’s northern neighbour, according to a previous embassy statement.
The aid is provided by the Office of Emergency of the Italian Cooperation for Development, in collaboration with Italian Civil Protection and the National Alpine Association.
Italy is deeply committed to the continuation of political dialogue with Amman so as to deepen bilateral relations and strengthen Jordan’s partnership with the EU, the embassy said.