Australian Foreign Minister’s visit to Jordan and Lebanon

2014-04-24 06:50:36 | Al Muslim News
Australian Foreign Minister’s visit to Jordan and Lebanon


Australian Foreign Minister In the first visit to Jordan and Lebanon, highlighted Australia’s strong and continuing support for Jordan and Lebanon as they address the challenges caused by Syria’s tragic and continuing humanitarian crisis. Jordan is host to over half a million Syrian refugees and I was provided with first hand stories into the ongoing crisis during a visit to a UNHCR refugee registration centre, which receives thousands of refugees on a daily basis. In Lebanon, where over one million registered Syrian refugees make up one fifth of the country’s total population, I met with UNHCR and UNICEF to discuss Australian support for those affected by the Syrian crisis. During the visit Australia announced $20 million in funding from the Australian Government to be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced. In Jordan Australian Foreign Minister met His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and the Director of the General Intelligence Department, General Faisal Al Shoubaki. The delegation discussed Australia’s close work with Jordan on the UN Security Council, including to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Delegation also discussed developments in the Middle East Peace Process, in which Jordan plays a key supporting role In Lebanon, where delegation welcomed the formation of a new Lebanese Government in February, Australian Foreign Minister met President Michel Sleiman, Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. Australia has a strong and established relationship with Lebanon, underpinned by close community ties with 400,000 Australians of Lebanese descent. Australian Foreign Minister reaffirmed to the new Government Australia’s close cooperation with Lebanese authorities in countering people smuggling, as well as our cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism, which remain of concern to both countries..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

South Korea Moon seeks to normalize ties with China in first state visit

South Korean President Moon Jae-In hopes to “normalise” ties with giant neighbour China on his first state visit to the country this week,... More

Netanyahu says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital makes peace possible

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", aft... More

Terror bomber strikes New York subway three hurt

A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York subway passageway during the morning rush hour on Monday, injuring three people... More

2018 may bring on nastier hack attacks says McAfee report

After a year marked by devastating cyber attacks and breaches, online attackers are expected to become even more destructive in 2018, security researc... More

Syrian govt agrees to join peace talks with conditions

GENEVA: Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria restarted on Tuesday with the government enforcing its will, warning the United Nations it would not to... More

Bali Volcano Ash Drifts 4.7 Miles High Airport Shut 3rd Day

 KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) An erupting volcano with a deadly history on Indonesia's Bali, one of the world's most popular resort islands... More

U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump tough line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militan... More

Trump Democrats spar as US government shutdown looms

US President Donald Trump clashed with Democratic leaders in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, heaping pressure on Congress to craft a compromise on federa... More

Pope in Myanmar preaches forgiveness to a nation accused of ethnic cleansing

Pope Francis spread a message of forgiveness in a historic open-air mass before a sea of worshippers in Yangon on Wednesday, during a visit to conflic... More

Indonesia Niqab Squad takes aim at face veil prejudice

Riding a horse or nailing an archery target is tough at the best of times it's even harder when you're wearing a niqab. But that isn't ... More