AMMAN — Jordan is committed to supporting UNESCO’s efforts in safeguarding Jerusalem’s Old City and its cultural heritage, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said on Tuesday at a meeting with the UN agency’s director general, Irina Bokova.

Judeh highlighted Jordan’s role as the custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian sites.

Also on Tuesday, Planning Minister Ibrahim Saif met with Bokova and briefed her on the effects of hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees, which adds an extra burden on the Kingdom’s budget.

At a meeting with Education Minister Mohammad Thneibat, Bokova commended Jordan’s effective role in hosting Syrian refugees, expressing her understanding of the challenges the Kingdom faces and the burdens resulting from the crisis.