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Development Minister Gerd Müller meets Queen Rania of Jordan

In the margins of the G7 women's dialogue Development Minister Gerd Müller spoke with Queen Rania of Jordan about the situation of the refugees and Germany's winterisation support for the region.

Press release of 17.09.2015 |

Berlin – Development Minister Gerd Müller spoke with Queen Rania of Jordan about the situation of the refugees and Germany's winterisation support for the region. The meeting was an expression of the long-standing and close development cooperation between Germany and Jordan. It took place in the margins of the G7 women's dialogue hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Minister paid tribute to Jordan's response to the Syrian refugee crisis. "Jordan is doing an exceptional service in giving shelter to the Syrian refugees. We will not leave you alone to deal with this difficult challenge. We will further scale up and focus our support."

Nearly 630,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan since 2012. This brings huge challenges to a country with six million inhabitants. The influx of refugees is almost more than the country's limited water resources and its infrastructure can cope with. The BMZ has been increasing its support since 2012. It is helping Jordan strengthen its local structures and ensure that both the refugees and Jordanians have means of survival and opportunities for the future where they are. The BMZ has made more than 475 million euros available to help Jordan cope with the refugee crisis. Germany is, for instance, building water pipelines, which will supply some 800,000 people. The next government talks with Jordan will take place in Amman on 4 and 5 November.

Queen Rania is well known for her strong commitment to gender equality and education. She launched the Madrasati initiative ("my school") that upgrades the physical structure of schools and helps children. The BMZ is supporting the initiative. At the upcoming government talks, the BMZ is intending to commit funds, for instance for a new project on employment. This will involve vocational training, with a special focus on women and girls. The meeting ended on the note that "we need to create opportunities in the region for the refugees and for future generations."

Queen Rania yesterday was presented with the Walther Rathenau award in Berlin in recognition of her work as an advocate for peace and understanding between peoples and religions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in honour of the Queen. Recipients of the prize in previous years include Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Shimon Peres, Hillary Rodham Clinton and António Guterres.

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