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Publié le September 17, 2012
Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Defense
Paris, September 13, 2012

After arriving in Jordan for the first leg of his visit to the Middle East, M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, had a meeting with Fayez Tarawneh, the Jordanian Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, and Nasser Judeh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On the agenda of their talks were the deepening of Franco-Jordanian defence relations, the coordination of the resources provided to the refugees admitted to Jordanian territory and the development of the Syria crisis.

The discussions continued over dinner, in the presence of the Chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lieutenant-General Al-Zaben.

Jean-Yves Le Drian is subsequently due to meet the 80 French soldiers based at the Zaatari camp on the Syrian border, in the French medical surgical unit helping to assist the victims of the fighting in Syria and to the refugees.

This unit – which has been deployed for a month and contains 28 armed forces doctors and surgeons – has already conducted 35 surgical operations and provided consultations to more than 1,200 refugees.. The Minister of Defence’s visit coincides with the launch of a vast campaign to vaccinate children against measles and polio. The Minister will also visit the Moroccan unit adjacent to the French unit.

Following his visit to Zaatari, Jean-Yves Le Drian will have a meeting with the King of Jordan, Abdullah II. He will then travel to Beirut in Lebanon for the second leg of his tour./.