UNHCR chief calls for international support to Jordan

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi on Tuesday (August 28th) discussed means of co-operation related to meeting the needs of Syrian refugees, the Jordan Times reported.

"Jordan has offered all it can to help Syrian refugees, and will continue exerting efforts in this regard," Razzaz said at the meeting, attended by Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Minister of Planning and International Co-operation Mary Kawar.

He stressed the need for the international community to support the kingdom as it continues to provide services to Syrian refugees, underlining the "huge repercussions of the Syrian refugee influx on the economy, especially in the education, health and infrastructure sectors".

Also on Tuesday, Kawar met separately with Grandi and discussed the 2018-2020 Jordan Response Plan, which the government launched in co-ordination with UN agencies, donors and non-government organisations.

Kawar and Grandi went over means to secure the funding necessary for the plan, that aims at alleviating burdens of Syrian refugees, according to a ministry statement.

Grandi voiced understanding of challenges facing the kingdom as a result of the refugee crisis, and called on the international community to pay more attention to this issue and provide the necessary support to address it.

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