President János Áder has made an official visit to Amman in Jordan to highlight the need for the European Union to increase aid to Jordan for caring for refugees.
During talks with King Abdullah II, President Áder expressed appreciation for Jordan’s efforts to accommodate refugees as well as its fight against terrorism.
In the past six years, more than 1.5 million people have arrived in Jordan, raising its population by 14 percent. He said the king’s efforts to preserve peace within Jordan were “exemplary” and crucial for maintaining stability in the region.
According to MTI, financing for the refugee crisis and reducing the effects of drought caused by climate change are currently Jordan’s two most pressing problems.
The president noted that refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria had arrived in Jordan. It is right that international bodies should pay the costs of caring for the refugees. He said that Jordan had received only half the money pledged in recent years.
The president said that only 20 percent came through for the country this year, and Jordan has lost significant revenue from tourism and transit fees due to the situation. He called Jordan’s achievements in refugee services and maintaining the peace “outstanding”.