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Planning minister meets with European lawmakers

[5/23/2017 2:55:49 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury, on Tuesday met with a number of members of the European Parliament and discussed the repercussions of turmoil in the Middle East on Jordan.

The minister told the MPs that assistance the European Union extended to Jordan enabled it to shoulder the burden of a massive number of Syrian refugees and attend to the needs of host communities.

The EU is an important partner of Jordan and one of the main donors to the Kingdom in the reform and development process, Fakhoury told the lawmakers who represented the "Friends of Jordan" and "Relations with the Countries of the Levant" committees.

He emphasized the importance of EU assistance in supporting the treasury and bridging part of the funding gap and overcoming economic challenges. He urged the European Parliament to back Jordan's efforts to obtain more funding to support the budget and priority projects.

The MPs promised to follow up with concerned EU bodies to make available additional aid to Jordan, which they hailed a model for partnership with the bloc. They also said the Kingdom sets a model for a country that fights terrorism and extremist ideology and deepens interfaith dialogue.

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