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Thursday, December 20, 2012
U.S. ambassador denies presence of U.S. troops on Jordan-Syria borders

U.S. ambassador denies presence of U.S. troops on Jordan-Syria borders
http://www.petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?lang=2&site_id=1&NewsID=94607&CatID=13

Mafraq, Dec 19 (Petra) -- U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Stuart Jones, on
Wednesday denied reports that there are U.S. troops on the Jordanian-Syrian
borders, noting that there are U.S. troops in Jordan for training purposes
only.

He said the U.S. supports a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis without
resorting to force, adding:"resorting to a military solution needs a
Security Council resolution and international and Arab stance." During a
tour in the Zaatari Syrian refugees camp in the north-eastern governorate of
Mafraq, Jones said Jordan is hosting a large influx of refugees, placing
burdens on the Kingdom beyond its capacity, however, he added, the Kingdom
is still receiving more refugees and offer them humanitarian assistance
despite economic challenges. He noted that living conditions in the camp are
improving and there is tangible progress in the level of services and the
camp's infrastructure. The envoy pointed out that the U.S. is the largest
donor to Syrian refugees in the Kingdom with more than $210 million worth of
relief assistance.

Jones pledged that the U.S. will continue in supporting Jordan as a key
partner, reiterating a recent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's vow that
the U.S. will stand by Jordan in light of the large inflow of Syrian
refugees.

//Petra// AA
19/12/2012 - 08:38:14 PM

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