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King calls for development-based approach to address refugee crisis

By JT - Sep 15,2021 - Last updated at Sep 15,2021

His Majesty King Abdullah meets with International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliban in New York on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah, in New York on Tuesday, reiterated Jordan’s continued commitment to providing health, education, and humanitarian services to Syrian refugees despite the sharp decline in the international contribution to Jordan’s response plan to the Syrian refugee crisis, 10 per cent of which was funded this year.

At a meeting with International Rescue Committee (IRC) President and CEO David Miliband, King Abdullah noted that the efforts of Jordan and other host countries do not exempt the international community from its responsibilities towards refugees.

The King called for a new development-based approach to provide international support in addressing the repercussions of refugee crises, according to a Royal Court statement.

The meeting also covered various aspects of Jordan’s cooperation with the IRC in providing healthcare and other services to refugees.

For his part, Miliband expressed the IRC’s support for Jordan’s efforts in hosting refugees, lauding the Kingdom for providing COVID-19 vaccines to refugees in camps and host communities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, Jordan’s Ambassador in Washington, DC, Dina Kawar, and Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mahmoud Hmoud attended the meeting.

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