Syrian crisis stretched Jordan to the limit — Mulki

PM tells EU-hosted Syria conference that direct cost incurred by Jordan since 2012 amounts to $10.6b

By JT – Apr 06,2017 – JORDAN TIMES


Prime Minister Hani Mulki holds talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Wednesday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — Jordan has reached the maximum capacity as per the available resources shared with the Syrian refugees, Prime Minister Hani Mulki said on Wednesday, stressing that the crisis has stretched the country to the limit regarding several aspects.

In a speech he delivered at the “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region — Brussels Conference” held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mulki said that without the support of the international community, the Kingdom’s capability to continue providing services to the Syrian refugees would be on the line, and this applies to the services provided to the citizens themselves. 

The conference was held at the European Union’s headquarters with the joint presidency of the EU, Germany, Norway, the UK, the UN, Kuwait and Qatar with delegations representing 70 countries and international parties.

Mulki headed the Jordanian delegation that comprised Planning and International Cooperation Minister Imad Fakhoury and the Jordanian Ambassador in Brussels Yousef Batayneh.

Mulki warned that leaving Syria’s neighbours without the necessary support would lead to further spillover of the crisis and increase the suffering of refugees. 

“This sudden influx, and the protracted nature of the crisis now in its seventh year, has pushed our absorptive capacity to its limits. It is impacting all aspects of life in the Kingdom. According to recent studies, the direct cost of the crisis since 2012 has amounted to $10.6 billion [averaging $2 billion per year], while the indirect costs are estimated at an annual average of $3.1 to $3.5 billion,” the premier said. 


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