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9th IFRC Middle East and North Africa Conference Opens

10 Feb 2017

The 9th IFRC Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Conference was opened in Amman on Tuesday under the patronage of the President of the Senate, Faisal Al Fayez.

The three day conference, which adopted the theme "Together for Humanity" , will discuss several issues, most notably the response to the challenges of the Middle East and North Africa, the promotion of a culture of peace, the promotion of tolerance and non-violence, and displacement and migration.

Al-Fayez said in a speech during the conference's opening that Jordan faces great economic and social challenges because of the political conflicts in the region, including the arrival of some 1.3 million Syrian refugees, who make up about 20 percent of Jordan's population. They were displaced by the conflict in Syria, and embraced with warmth and humanity in the Kingdom of Jordan.

"We have dealt with the refugees and waves of asylum seekers since the 1920s as brothers and families, based on our humanity, our noble values ​​and our Arab and national identity," he said, stressing that Jordan's handling of asylum issues comes from the nobility of the Hashemite message "To preserve the dignity of man and to help the needy".

Al-Fayez added that Jordan is one of the largest host countries for refugees, and bears a great burden. He stated that the international community need to attend to its duties and moral and legal responsibilities in providing financial and economic assistance to the refugees, continuing its humanitarian role on behalf of others.

The President of the Senate stressed that Jordan, in light of the challenges it faces today, needs more than ever the support of friends and brothers, just as it needs the various good will of the international community to assume its responsibilities by providing support to Jordan.

The head of the Jordan Red Crescent Society, Dr. Mohammad Mutlaq Al-Hadid, said that the region has experienced successive waves of refugee flows over the past years, causing instability due to internal challenges such as underdevelopment, misinterpretation of Islam, and lack of capabilities for people to implement their own development plans. 

He said he hoped the conference would contribute to the strengthening of mechanisms to respond to disasters, and alleviate the suffering of the victims and the vulnerable in a world where the number of refugees reached more than 65 million refugees.

He said that the region is complaining about the consequences of the Syrian asylum seekers, especially as the UNHCR has recorded more than six million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, such as Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, in addition to Jordan.

President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Tadatero Konoy, said that Jordan is in the midst of these tragedies in the world and the region. Jordan is present in its humanitarian aspects in welcoming displaced people and displaced people who have left their country by force.

"We look to Jordan to provide solutions and leadership in dealing with refugees and displaced persons in accordance with its practical experience," he said, stressing that the IFRC stands by Jordan in order to assist in welcoming refugees and alleviating their suffering.

For his part, the Secretary-General of the Arab Red Crescent and the Red Cross, Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Suhaibani, said that Jordan has become a haven for refugees and the sanctuary of the displaced, and has a deep heritage for more than a century and a half of receiving refugees and displaced people, including from Caucasus and Chechnya. This biography confirms Jordan's leadership, and people's depth of brotherhood and hospitality, has its roots in Jordanian society.

Al-Suhaibani stressed that Jordan is facing crises on three sides and that receiving refugees has become one of the constants of this country, despite the repercussions and implications of that. He called on the world to abide by the international conventions related to asylum issues, especially the Charter on the Principles of International Humanitarian Law.

The Head of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Committee, Ms. Eva Ulrich, said that the presence of our humanitarian staff in the hotbeds of conflict and conflict has made them vulnerable to death and constant killing. The world's greatest service is to contribute to the reduction and prevention of conflicts.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representative Robert Mardini said that the hard work of humanitarian organizations is the core of its mission to make the world safer and more peaceful.

The Head of the Iranian Red Crescent, Syed Amir Mohsenzai, stressed the importance of concerted international efforts in order to provide the best for the different regions suffering from conflicts, wars and conflicts.

The conference, hosted by the Jordan Red Crescent in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, includes 17 national societies representing the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen and Jordan), as well as a number of observers representing regional and international humanitarian institutions, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Arab Red Cross and Red Crescent Organization.

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