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Ensour discusses Syrian crisis with UN chief

By JT - Dec 06,2012 - Last updated at Dec 06,2012

AMMAN — Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Thursday met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and discussed the Syrian crisis and its humanitarian and social consequences on Jordan.

The premier thanked Ban for the important role the UN plays in the region, and illustrated Jordan’s role in hosting the Syrian refugees who have now reached over 250,000.

Ensour said Jordan continues to host Syrian refugees despite the burden on the Kingdom’s scarce resources, especially in light of the current economic situation the country is going through.

The premier said work is under way to open a second camp for Syrian refugees, in anticipation of an increase in the flow of refugees due to the ongoing violence in the neighbouring state.

They also discussed the latest UN General Assembly decision to upgrade Palestine’s membership to a non-member observer state.

Ban praised Jordan’s role in maintaining stability in the region and the world, especially the Kingdom’s peace efforts in the Middle East.

Also on Thursday, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh met with the UN chief and discussed the repercussions of the Syrian crisis.

At a joint press conference, Judeh reiterated the need for further international support to help Jordan provide relief services to Syrian refugees, especially since winter has started.

Ban commended Jordan’s role in providing a safe haven for Syrian refugees and also called for further international support to the Kingdom.

The UN chief, who is in the country as part of a regional tour, is expected to visit the Zaatari Refugee Camp on Friday.

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