Granting aid for refugees from Syria and Iraq and showing solidarity with Jordan’s citizens and authorities who receive them are the main objectives of foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski’s visit to this country on Monday.
During his one-day visit to Jordan, Mr Waszczykowski is due to meet, among others, the minister for political and parliamentary affairs, representatives of the Jordanian MFA, and aid organisations operating in the country. The minister will also be meeting with refugees.
Before the Polish delegation left for Amman, the director of the MFA Press Office, Rafał Sobczak, told PAP that the aid to be handed over by Mr Waszczykowski would be distributed among hundreds of the neediest families who had come to Jordan from war-torn areas. Part of the provided gifts – such as sleeping bags, personal hygiene items and school supplies – will be brought from Poland aboard the Polish government plane, while others will be purchased on the local market.
Mr Sobczak stressed that the foreign minister’s visit to Jordan is primarily a “gesture of solidarity with the Jordanian authorities and the citizens of this country, who host, among others, Syrian or Iraqi refugees on their territory.”
Mr Sobczak added that the foreign ministry is planning to strengthen its financial commitment to help the victims of the conflict in Syria in 2016-2017. He noted that already this year, the total value of Polish humanitarian aid for refugees from this country and local communities in the host countries in the Middle East would reach PLN 34 million, which is “double the value of humanitarian aid in the region as compared with the previous year.”
The director of the Polish MFA Press Office pointed out that the government’s priority is to “provide humanitarian aid directly on the ground, that is, in countries affected by conflict.”
He added that the aid handed over by Mr Waszczykowski on Monday is part of the MFA’s wider action to support the victims of the civil war in Syria, undertaken not only in Jordan but also in Lebanon.
In its current activities aimed at supporting Syrian refugees and Jordanians, the Polish MFA is partnered by the Polish and the Jordanian branch of the Catholic charity organisation Caritas and the Jordanian organisation MECI Jordan.