Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir had a meeting with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Al Khatib in Jordan yesterday, during which they discussed the situation in the Middle East and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Afterwards Gísladóttir visited a hospital run by the NGO Doctors Without Borders, at which the problem Jordan is facing due to the war in Iraq came up, Fréttabladid reports.
“There are 400,000 to 700,000 Iraqi refugees in Jordan,” Gísladóttir stated. “Only 37,000 are registered and the rest live unregistered in the country and don’t dare to make themselves known or go to public hospitals. Their children don’t go to school and don’t receive the education they need.”
The foreign minister discussed a potential trade agreement between Iceland and Jordan with local authorities after her visit to the hospital. She said there is considerable interest in introducing Jordan to Icelandic companies and investors as a gate to the Middle East.
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