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Poland's foreign minister visits the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Talks on bilateral cooperation, security in the region and support for Jordan to help refugees were the main points of Minister Witold Waszczykowski’s visit to Jordan.

During his visit to Jordan on Monday, the chief of Poland’s diplomacy met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Minister Waszczykowski said that the main purpose of his visit to Amman was to confirm our continuous humanitarian support for refugees from Syria and Iraq, among others, who found a haven in this country.

“By providing refuge to people fleeing war-torn areas, Jordan has taken on a huge burden. It has proved itself as a responsible and reliable member of the international community. It is our duty to support the Jordanian authorities and society in this noble action,” stressed Minister Waszczykowski.

The minister also said he appreciated Jordan’s activities to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East. In this context, he recalled that Poland had joined the coalition against Daesh. Poland’s military involvement in the region includes a training mission by 12 Polish soldiers who serve in intelligence analysis centre - the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center in Amman.

Moreover, the ministers discussed bilateral relations and the security situation in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Mr Waszczykowski’s visit to Jordan is a gesture of solidarity with the Jordanian authorities and the citizens of this country, who host refugees on their territory. In Amman, Poland’s top diplomat also met with refugees and representatives of organisations who help those in need. Some gifts, such as sleeping bags, personal hygiene items and school supplies, were brought from Poland aboard the Polish government plane. Others, including household detergents and school notebooks, will be purchased on the local market. All aid provided by the MFA will be distributed among hundreds of the neediest families.

In its current aid delivery as well as in wider activities aimed at supporting Syrian refugees and Jordanians, the Polish MFA is partnered by Caritas Polska, Caritas Jordan, and MECI Jordan (Middle East Children Institute - a Jordanian charity organisation).

Since 2012, Poland has allocated nearly EUR 12 million for humanitarian and development aid for people affected by the conflict in Syria. In 2016-2017, it is planning to strengthen its financial support in response to the Syrian crisis. In 2016, the total value of Polish humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees and local communities in the host countries in the Middle East will reach PLN 34 million, which is double the value of humanitarian aid in the region as compared with the previous year.

Currently, Jordan hosts around 1.8 million Palestinian refugees, 1.6 million refugees from Syria, and 400 000 from Iraq.

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