UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security Peter Drennan and an accompanying delegation on Sunday started an official visit to Jordan, where they met with various Jordanian officials, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
In a first meeting, the UN delegation was received by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, with whom he discussed means to enhance cooperation and coordination between the Kingdom and the United Nations.
Also on Sunday, Interior Minister Samir Mubaidin met Drennan and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of UNHCR Representative in Jordan Stefano Severe and a number of Ministry officials.
The meeting focused on means to forge closer cooperation between Jordan and the UN agency in combating terrorism and extremism, achieving safety and security requirements at the local and regional levels and handling the repercussions of the Syrian refugee crisis on Jordan and the region.
Mubaidin affirmed that Jordan is characterized by a state of security and political stability amid a region full of unrest, attributing that to the wise leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah and the presence of an effective security system.
He also commended the awareness of Jordanians of the current changes and circumstances in the region, stressing that Jordan’s role in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis has been appreciated by the international community as a whole, as it helped absorb the effects of the refugee crisis despite its limited resources.
For his part, the UN official praised the Kingdom’s role in achieving security and stability in the region and providing protection to refugees and UN staff.
Formally established on January 2005, the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for the strategic management of safety and security operations at the Security and Safety Service locations (SSS), providing primary operational and technical support, according to the UN website.
The SSS provide security for more than 36,000 personnel (58,000 dependents) and over three million visitors annually, including more than 1,000 heads of state and government officials.