The Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne TD MP, UK Minister of State for International Development, arrived in Amman this morning at the start of a two day visit to Jordan.
During his visit Mr. Swayne visited UK funded projects at Zaatari refugee camp and UK interventions to support Jordanian host communities in the Zaatari and Mansheyeh areas. He also visited an UNRWA camp. He will also meet with the Prime Minister, the Minister for Municipal Affairs, the Minister for Education, and the Minister for Planning and International Cooperation.
Speaking shortly after his arrival, Mr. Swayne said:
“I am delighted to visit Jordan, a country with strong historical ties with the UK. The UK supports the Jordanian people and their Government with a shared determination to address the current challenges of regional instability and insecurity facing Jordan”
“I applaud Jordan’s generosity in the acceptance and treatment of Syrian refugees. I am pleased that the UK, as one of the largest donors to Jordan, is playing our full part in supporting this effort”
“The UK has already allocated around a quarter of a billion dollars in funding in Jordan to help meet the challenges of hosting large refugee communities since the start of the Syrian crisis. As part of this the UK is providing $20 million to nine of the municipalities most affected by the influx of Syrian refugees.”