Kerry calls on international community to assist Jordan in dealing with Syrian refugees
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II at the royal palace November 7, 2013 in Amman, Jordan. [Getty]
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US secretary of state John Kerry arrived on Amman Thursday as part of a regional tour to push for Middle East peace.
U.S. Secretary General John Kerry held a meeting with king Abdullah of Jordan where they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries.
The two leaders also discussed the current situation in Syria and the crisis of Syrian refugees seeking safety in Jordan.
“The United States will continue to assist Jordan in dealing with the crisis of Syrian refugees,” a palace statement quoted Kerry as telling Jordan's King Abdullah II at a meeting in Amman.
“The United States will also continue to encourage the international community to have a bigger role and face its responsibilities in this issue,” said Kerry.
Jordan has been criticized for its border restriction on Syrian refugees.
A report by Amnesty International showed that Syrian refugees are being denied entry into Jordan and are failing in attending the needs of thousands of displaced refugees.
Jordan has repeatedly asked for international help saying the crisis has depleted Jordan of its scarce natural resources,
The United Nations has estimated the cost of hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan for this year and 2014 is at $5.3 billion (3.9 billion euros), UN documents showed Monday.
During a visit to Jordan in March, U.S. President Barack Obama announced an aid package of $200 million for Jordan to help the kingdom care for Syrian refugees.
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