Jordanian King, UN chief tackle Syrian crisis, stalled Mideast peace talks

AMMAN, March 27 (KUNA) — Jordanian King Abdullah II discussed Sunday with visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the Syrian crisis and its impacts on neighboring countries and efforts to revive the stalled Mideast peace process.
In a press statement following the meeting which was also attended by and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, the Jordanian Royal Court said the men focused on ways to boost Jordan’s capabilities to face the increasing burdens being borne by the Kingdom due to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Both sides tackled the role of the UN and World Bank in supporting countries, which suffer from regional and international crises.
King Abdullah said the international community and its humanitarian and financial institutions should intensify their efforts to alleviate the impacts of hosting about 1.3 million Syrian refugees on various national sectors, especially economic and services sectors.
They also discussed the possibility of building on the London Donors Conference recommendations, which was held last month, in which many parties’ pledged to support the affected countries from the Syrian refugee crisis, at the forefront is the Kingdom.
King Abdullah also UN and WB chief touched upon regional and international efforts to counter terrorism and extremism as well as the Middle East peace process.
They emphasized the need to intensify efforts to end the impasse in the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis, in order to achieve progress based on the two-state solution and UN resolutions.
The UN chief, in turn, voiced the United Nations’ appreciation of Jordan’s policy and its moderate approach in dealing with various challenges in the Middle East and the world, and support to the Kingdom’s pivotal role in regional and international issues.
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said the bank will continue providing technical and developmental support to Jordan, in the framework of the partnership between the two parties, and assisting the Kingdom in facing various economic challenges. (pickup previous) mjb.ibi