Support will help to address challenges created by the Syrian conflict
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced additional support to help Jordan address development challenges arising from the Syrian conflict and the resulting influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, as well as respond to the threat posed by Syrian weapons and materials of mass destruction. The announcement was made in Amman, Jordan, during the last leg of the Prime Minister’s first official visit to the Middle East, from January 18-25, 2014.
The Syrian conflict has had a direct impact on neighbouring countries, creating a destabilizing situation with serious long-term effects. Canada is committed to helping Jordan respond to immediate pressing needs, in addition to assisting with long-term development and security challenges.
Today’s support for development initiatives in Jordan is aimed at promoting economic development and delivering basic services in the region, such as education to Jordanians and Syrian refugees. It is being provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s development assistance programs.
Additional support will help Jordan to mitigate the threat posed by Syrian weapons and materials of mass destruction, through the provision of critical equipment, infrastructure, technology and training – thus helping to promote security in the region.
- With over 576,000 Syrian refugees now in Jordan, they comprise more than 9 per cent of the overall population.
- Initiatives announced today underscore Canada’s continuing role in addressing the Syrian conflict through the provision of critical support to Jordan, a key ally in the Middle East.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the Middle East is the first by a sitting Canadian Prime Minister in more than a decade.
“Jordan has responded to the plight of Syrian civilians with unwavering compassion and generosity by accepting hundreds of thousands of refugees. Doing the right thing is often difficult. Canada is proud to be able to help Jordan address the development and security challenges it is facing as a result of the Syrian conflict.” - Prime Minister Stephen Harper