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Canada ‘proud’ of supporting Jordan in refugee crisis — PM

By JT - Jan 25,2014 - Last updated at Jan 25,2014

MAFRAQ/PETRA — Jordan has dealt with the Syrian refugee crisis with “unparalleled” generosity and humanity by granting refuge to thousands on its lands, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Canada takes pride in its support to help Jordan deal with the repercussions of the Syrian crisis, Harper said, adding that his country will continue its assistance, which is an embodiment of its partnership with the Kingdom.

In remarks to the media during a visit to the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq on Friday, Harper commended the role of the Jordan Armed Forces, the border guards and the Jordanian people in hosting Syrian refugees, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Harper presented the first batch of Canada’s assistance, which includes vehicles to transport refugees from border crossing points to the Zaatari camp.

During the visit, Harper toured the camp with his wife and accompanying delegates and met with camp officials who briefed him on the situation of refugees and the improvements introduced to the facility.

Also on Friday, the Canadian premier and his wife visited the ancient city of Petra and were briefed on the Nabataeans’ role in building the rose-red city and its historical significance, in addition to its importance now as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Harper visited the Siq, the narrow path leading to Petra; the Treasury; the Nabataean Theatre, the courthouse and the Byzantine church at the site, in addition to the museums.

The Canadian premier was in Jordan as part of a regional tour.

He met with His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday and discussed developments in the Middle East and means to improve bilateral ties.

Harper also met with Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

His Middle East tour, which started on January 18 and concluded on January 25, marked his first visit to the region. 

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