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British PM visits Syrian refugees in Jordan

British Prime Minsiter David Cameron yesterday visited the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the south of Jordan, which is home to more than 93,000 Syrian refugees, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The visit came as part of an official trip by Cameron to Amman where he is expected to meet Jordanian King Abdullah II.

According to the Anadolu reporter, Cameron toured the camp, walked through its alleyways, met with refugee families and saw their suffering and hardships.

The Jordanian foreign minister, other senior Jordanian officials and the British ambassador in Amman received Cameron as he arrived in Marka Military Airport.

The BBC reported that Cameron said during his visit that there was a “direct connection” between shortfalls in aid for camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and the refugee crisis in Europe.

Meanwhile, the UK appointed a new “Minister for Refugees” to help coordinate Britain’s role in the on-going European refugee crisis. “Richard Harrington will be responsible for coordinating and delivering work across government to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK, along with coordinating the provision of government support to Syrian refugees in the region,” a statement from the Government said.

Jordan hosts nearly 630,000 Syrian refugees, according to the UNHCR.

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