Jordan, Norway to boost cooperation on Syrian refugee crisis
Jordanian Interior Minister Mazen Faraya and his Norwegian Justice Minister Emilie Enger on Monday discussed ways to enhance cooperation regarding the Syrian refugee crisis, Jordan News Agency reported.
During the meeting, Faraya emphasized Norway's assistance to Jordan in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, including infrastructure assistance for refugee camps and host communities, as well as national development programs and projects.
Faraya went on to say that Jordan accepted the burden of hosting Syrian refugees on behalf of the rest of the world, despite the fact that just 6% of the funding required for Jordan's response plan to the Syrian refugees had been provided. He emphasized the importance of directing Norwegian governmental and non-governmental organizations to assist Jordan in meeting the growing needs of refugees in camps and host communities.
Jordan, the minister said, will work hard to offer security, education, health care, and a dignified living for refugees in the absence of a political solution in Syria that stops the "humanitarian catastrophe," and restores its security and stability.
Faraya welcomed Norwegian investors to visit Jordan and see for themselves the attractive environment and government incentives provided under Jordan's ten-year economic reform plan.
Enger, for her part, stated that her country is eager to expand bilateral relations with Jordan, applauding the Kingdom's political and economic changes as well as its willingness to shoulder the costs of hosting Syrian refugees in the face of economic challenges.