European Commission commends Jordan's support of Syrian refugees

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, on Monday commended Jordan's support to Syrian refugees.

In a statement, Borrell pointed out that Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are hosting more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees, stressing that these countries needed aid to meet the needs of refugees.

He underscored that the European Union provides support to the refugee-hosting nations to help both the Syrian refugees and the people of the three countries to provide job opportunities and build infrastructure, including schools, as well as improve health and water services.

The foreign affairs chief said that the European Union's Regional Trust Fund "Madad" has helped communities in Lebanon and Jordan secure basic income, health services and education to ensure that both Syrian refugees and local hosts are provided with a solid foundation for a better future.

He said that as the conflict in Syria entered its 10th year, Syrians continue to live in fear and despair in the face of an uncertain future as the war forced half of the population to flee their homes and those who stayed were left to suffer an unprecedented economic crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 4th Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, which will be held on June 29-30, will bring together more than 80 countries, regional and international organisations and United Nations agencies around a virtual round table to address key dimensions of the Syrian crisis politically, financially and regionally and in the humanitarian sense, he added.

"We will reaffirm our strong support for the United Nations efforts towards a political solution to the conflict and under the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2254,"he said, underlining that a political solution is the sole avenue to reach a lasting peace in Syria.

"The European Union and its member states have supported Syrians everywhere since the conflict erupted, as more than 20 billion euros have been secured through humanitarian aid, stabilisation aid and resilience requirements since 2011 for the Syrians and in support of neighboring countries," Borrell said.
29 June 2020