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US official to visit Jordan, focus on impact of Syria crisis

Jan 12,2014 - Last updated at Jan 12,2014

AMMAN — US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne C. Richard is scheduled to visit Jordan this week, according to a statement issued by Washington on Sunday.

Richard will focus on the plight of Syrian and other refugees, the impact of the Syrian crisis on Jordan and meet with Jordanian government officials.

“Jordan is a generous host.

In addition to Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, Jordan hosts more than 576,000 refugees who have fled the fighting in Syria,” the statement said.

Since the start of the conflict, the US has provided more than $207 million in humanitarian assistance inside Jordan through UN organisations and NGOs and is providing more than $1 billion in development assistance to help Jordan alleviate strains arising from the Syria crisis.

Richard will be accompanied by Zeenat Rahman, special adviser for global youth issues and the US Department of State’s representative for the “No Lost Generation” Initiative.


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