Meeting with Arab and International Affairs Committee in the Jordanian Parliament - Photo:Jordanian Parliament
Meeting with Arab and International Affairs Committee in the Jordanian Parliament. Photo credit: Parliament of Jordan Jordanian Parliament

Visit to Jordan from the Norwegian Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) visited Jordan the 10th to the 12th of September. The visit covered a range of topics in Norway’s close bilateral relations to Jordan, including on military cooperation, discussions on the political situation in Jordan and the region, and Norway’s support to the humanitarian response for the refugee situation and to civil society organizations.

The delegation held a meeting with the committee’s counterpart in the Jordanian parliament, the Arab and International Affairs Committee, for an exchange on parliamentary foreign policy priorities. The parliamentarians also met with Jordan’s Foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Ayman Safadi, to discuss bileratal ties and regional issues. In addition, they met with civil society representatives to gain their perspectives on the political circumstances in Jordan and the region, and the situation for freedom of speech.


On the defense cooperation, the delegation met with the Chairman of Jordan Armed Forces and visited the King Abdullah II Air Base in Zarqa where they met with Norwegian forces based in Jordan and Iraq working for the Global Coalition against Deash (OIR) and the NATO Mission in Iraq (NMI).

Visit to Princess Basma Center
Visit to Princess Basma Center. Photo credit: UNHCR Photo: UNCHR

The last day of the visit to Jordan was spent in Zaatari refugee camp situated close to border with Syria. The camp this year marked the tenth year since its opening after the conflict in Syria, and is today home to 80,000 people and is the largest refugee camp in the Middle East. The delegation received an orientation from the Syrian Refugees Affairs Department and UN and NGO humanitarian partners on the refugee response in Jordan and in Zaatari in particular. The briefings were followed by visits to a youth training project and a visit to a school inside the camp. The delegation also met with refugees living in the camps, to learn about the challenges they faced. Outside the camp the delegation visited the a community center where they hear from refugees of many different nationalities living in Jordanian urban areas. The visit to Zaatari gave the delegation insight into the Norwegian humanitarian support in Jordan and the important work done by the organisations in the camp.


After the visit to Jordan, the delegation continued their visit to Palestine and Israel. Read more about the visit here: Komitereise i Midtøsten -