Jordan King Hopes for Increasing Syria Ceasefire Territory

King Abdullah II of Jordan said Tuesday he hopes that a recent ceasefire in southern Syria will spread to other parts of the country to lead to a negotiated peace.

The kingdom shares a border of more than 230 miles with Syria, where over 330,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since its conflict broke out in 2011.

A ceasefire brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States in the southern Syrian provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Suweida has largely held since it entered into force July 9.

“In Syria, we hope that the ceasefire in the southwest will be replicated elsewhere in the country, easing the way for a political solution that guarantees the country’s territorial integrity and ends the bloodshed,” King Abdullah II told a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At the end of the monarch’s two-day state visit to Canada, Trudeau announced (US)$36.2 million to help support Syrian refugees in Jordan, as well as economic development and the empowerment of women in the kingdom.

The United Nations says Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees, while the kingdom puts their actual number at 1.4 million.

 

 

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