Amman, 2 June 2022 (TDI): The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell made his remarks in Amman ahead of the 14th EU-Jordan Association Council.

Remarks by High Representative of the EU 

Following are his remarks:

Good morning,

It is the first time that an Association Council is being held outside Brussels [or Luxembourg], outside the premises of the European Union. And we wanted to do that for the first time here in Jordan, in order to enhance our strong partnership.

We will sign the [Partnership] Priorities [on which] we will continue working – water will be one of the most important ones, to build a desalination station and a conveyor from Aqaba to Amman.

You know very well that Jordan is the second country in the world with the most important scarcities in water. So, if you want development, you need water. We will bring water.

And, secondly, the [Middle East] Peace Process. Jordan is a country [with] which [it] is absolutely necessary to work together to try to break this [current] stalemate.

We have to take care also of the refugees. Last month, I chaired the Conference [on supporting the Future of Syria and the region] in Brussels, where [over] €6 billion were pledged.

Jordan is doing an incredible effort of solidarity with the Syrian refugees. [It hosts] over 670,000 [Syrian refugees], a lot.

We know what are refugees in Europe today, because from Ukraine, more than 6 million people in one month went through the European borders.

So, we know what does it mean to take care of the refugees and I want to praise the enormous generosity of the Jordanian people, but you will be supported with [results of] this pledging conference.