Jordan to host summit on Iraqi refugees

The Jordanian government on Thursday has invited seven countries to attend a conference of host states of Iraqi refugees due to be held in Amman, according to an official statement.

Jordan to host summit on Iraqi refugees
The Jordanian government on Thursday has invited seven countries to attend a conference of host states of Iraqi refugees due to be held in Amman, according to an official statement.

The conference, due to be held July 26 in Amman, hopes to bring together Iraq, Syria and Egypt as participants, as well as representatives from the Arab League and the United Nations and its specialized agencies.

The statement also added that Turkey, Iran, Russia and Japan have been invited to attend as observers.

"The meeting will discuss means of extending support to the host countries of Iraqi refugees to enable them to cope with the big burdens and pressures" to which they are exposed, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 2 million Iraqis have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Most of the these refugees - about 1.7 million - currently live in Jordan and Syria, placing a heavy burden on the limited resources of the two countries, the agency said.

The UNHCR described the exodus as the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians that followed the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that followed the creation of Israel.

DPA

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