Canada gives $105M to Jordan for help with Syrian crisis

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives at the palace of King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives at the palace of King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on Thursday January 23, 2014. Canada announced $105 million in funds to help Jordan deal with the humanitarian crisis within its borders sparked by the Syrian conflict. (DAVID AKIN/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

AMMAN, Jordan — King Abdullah II of Jordan welcomed Prime Minister Stephen Harper to his grand, hilltop palace here vowing that "as brothers," the leaders of the two countries can help deal with some of the Middle East's most pressing challenges.

Ahead of the meeting, Canada announced $105 million in new funding over five years to help Jordan deal with infrastructure and security challenges caused by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

The elegant Oxford-educated king said he and Harper are "old friends" as they began an hour-long meeting.

"We stick together on many of the challenges in the region where Canada has played a tremendous supportive role whether it's been on the peace process or other areas of challenges throughout the whole of the Middle East," the king said.

"There are major challenges ahead of us in this region. We continue to look to Canada's support working with us together to try and solve these problems. I know that, as brothers, we will be able to move forward on these challenges."


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