Published: 2018-06-27 11:45
Last Updated: 2018-06-28 09:52
PM Omar Razzaz said on Tuesday after a meeting with the Lower House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, and heads of the chamber’s committees that “ The Kingdom will not receive any new refugees from Syria under any circumstances”.
His Majesty King Abdullah affirmed on Tuesday, during a meeting with US officials at Congress that Jordan stands firm on the border closure decision as escalating fight in Southern Syria is displacing tens of thousands of people.
His Majesty stressed that Jordan cannot take in more refugees, affirming that the Kingdom’s security and interests are the priority.
“We have received enough numbers of Syrian refugees; we already have a large number and we simply cannot receive more,” Minister of State for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunaimat, said.
Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, urged for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, echoing that Jordan’s stance on the seven-year conflict was very supportive. Safadi added that the borders will remain closed and that the United Nations must secure the Syrians in their country.
This decision came after the international community failed to fulfill its responsibilities to the hosting countries causing huge pressure on their financial and security resources.
Around 1.3M Syrian refugees are currently residing in Jordan according to Jordanian official numbers, which makes Jordan one of the biggest hosting countries for Syrian refugees in the world.