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Ensour, Judeh meet Belgian deputy premier

By JT - Feb 25,2013 - Last updated at Feb 25,2013

AMMAN — Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour received Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders in Amman on Monday.

Their talks focused on bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region, with focus on the peace efforts. 

Ensour conveyed Jordan’s keenness on developing bilateral relations in all sectors, especially higher education and scientific research.

Ensour reviewed the latest reforms being implemented in line with His Majesty King Abdullah’s vision for a democratic, political life. 

The premier stressed that the Palestinian issue is central to the region, and commended Belgium’s supportive stance.

He also talked about the burdens Jordan is carrying due to hosting an increasing number of Syrian refugees.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh also met with Reynders, and discussed the Middle East peace process including the situation in Syria.

They stressed the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, calling on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the neighbouring countries that are left to deal with the consequences of the Syrian turmoil.

Talks between the two officials focused on the burdens shouldered by Jordan due to “hosting more than 400,000 Syrian refugees”, urging the international community to help the Kingdom in its humanitarian efforts. 

Reynders announced that his country decided to raise its assistance to countries hosting Syrian refugees from 5 to 9 million euros, with 1 million euros to Jordan.

He also commended Jordan’s humanitarian efforts in aiding the Syrian refugees.

At a press conference following the meeting, Judeh emphasised the centrality of the Palestinian question, saying that he briefed the Belgian top diplomat about Jordan’s peace efforts.

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