Jordan to continue hosting Syrian refugees despite security threat

Although Jordan hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, the government says it is firmly against any intervention in Syria’s internal affairs. (AFP)

Amman will continue to operate an open-door policy towards Syrian refugees, despite the economic burden on Jordan, and the alleged presence of pro-regime sleeper cells in the country.


Although Jordan hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, the government says it is firmly against any intervention in Syria’s internal affairs.
 

“In practice, we didn’t change our position, and we’re still defending our borders. We offer humanitarian assistance to the refugees,” said Jordanian Information Minister Sameeh al-Maaytah.


“We refuse firmly any external military intervention, and we refuse any Jordanian intervention on Syrian soil.”

 

Security threat
 

The fighting in Syria poses a security threat to Jordan, where there are concerns over the sectarian nature of the conflict, and fears over the possible triumph of an Islamist movement if the regime collapses. These scenarios are pushing Jordan to adopt a conciliatory position towards both the regime and the opposition.


“The Jordanian stance on this matter is swinging, and I think it went through phases of ups and downs during the past two years. This won’t stop," said Areeb al-Rantawi, founder and director of the Al Quds Center for Political Studies in Amman.


“If Jordan sees that it’s in its best interests to cut ties with the Syrian regime, it’ll do so, but until now the decision-makers in Jordan haven’t reached this conclusion yet.”


Jordan has stated on various occasions that it wishes to see the conflict end via a comprehensive political solution.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 KSA 16:43 - GMT 13:43
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