PM, British Official Discuss Syrian Refugees, Economy

February 9, 2017

AMMAN -- Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki Sunday thanked the United Kingdom for its cooperation and support for Jordan to face economic challenges in light of the pressure arising from the Syrian refugee crisis.
Welcoming British International Development Secretary Priti Patel in the presence of Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhouri, the premier said Britain's support was essential, but Jordan still needs more aid this year than ever.
Jordan, he said, aspires to see countries delivering on their pledges to the Kingdom to boost the resilience of its economy and enable it to pursue providing basic services to its citizens and refugee-hosting communities.
He said Jordan is ethically and humanely committed to extending the necessary services to all people residing in the Kingdom, but also wants to feel it is not left alone in dealing with the ramifications of the Syrian crisis as "we take this effort on behalf of the international community based on our national, humanitarian and religious values".
The prime minister said Jordan looked for European investment to spur the economy and create jobs and maximize the benefits from an agreement signed with the European Union to relax rules of origin on Jordanian exports.
The British minister said she appreciates that Jordan had taken the huge burden of hosting displaced Syrians, pledging support for the Kingdom to address economic challenges along with global institutions.
Petra News Agency
February 5, 2017