London- King Abdullah II of Jordan said Tuesday he hopes that a recent ceasefire in southern Syria will spread to other parts of the country to lead to a negotiated peace.
“In Syria, we hope that the ceasefire in the southwest will be replicated elsewhere in the country, easing the way for a political solution that guarantees the country’s territorial integrity and ends the bloodshed,” the king told a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
At the end of the monarch’s two-day state visit to Canada, Trudeau announced Can$45.3 million ($36.2 million US) to help support Syrian refugees in Jordan, as well as economic development and the empowerment of women in the kingdom.
The United Nations says Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees, while the kingdom puts their actual number at 1.4 million.
Since the end of 2015, Canada has taken in about 40,000 Syrian refugees.
“Canada has warmly welcomed Syrian refugees and we hope that it continues its humanitarian policy,” King Abdullah II said.
The two leaders also called on entrepreneurs and companies in both Canada and Jordan to take advantage of a 2012 free trade agreement to boost bilateral trade.
Current bilateral trade is modest (less than Can$200 million) despite more than doubling over the past decade.