U.S. ambassador denies presence of U.S. troops on Jordan-Syria borders

19-12-2012 12:00 AM

Ammon News - Mafraq, Dec 19 (Petra) U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Stuart Jones, on Wednesday denied reports that there are U.S. troops on the Jordanian-Syrian borders, noting that there are U.S. troops in Jordan for training purposes only.

He said the U.S. supports a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis without resorting to force, adding:"resorting to a military solution needs a Security Council resolution and international and Arab stance." During a tour in the Zaatari Syrian refugees camp in the north-eastern governorate of Mafraq, Jones said Jordan is hosting a large influx of refugees, placing burdens on the Kingdom beyond its capacity, however, he added, the Kingdom is still receiving more refugees and offer them humanitarian assistance despite economic challenges. He noted that living conditions in the camp are improving and there is tangible progress in the level of services and the camp's infrastructure. The envoy pointed out that the U.S. is the largest donor to Syrian refugees in the Kingdom with more than $210 million worth of relief assistance.

Jones pledged that the U.S. will continue in supporting Jordan as a key partner, reiterating a recent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's vow that the U.S. will stand by Jordan in light of the large inflow of Syrian refugees.

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