Canada Pledges $13 Million to Help Jordan Assist Syrian Refugees

The aid will go toward tackling humanitarian and security needs brought on by Syria crisis.

Canada's top diplomat has pledged a donation of some $13 million to Jordan to tackle pressing humanitarian and security needs brought on by the two-year civil war in neighboring Syria.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird praised Jordan's humanitarian assistance and medical care to the more than 470,000 displaced Syrians sheltering in the kingdom, calling it a "model for all."

After talks with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, and King Abdullah II on Sunday in Amman, Baird urged the international community to "intensify" efforts to help the cash-strapped kingdom bear the humanitarian load. Abdullah called for a political solution to end Syria's conflict and preserve its unity.

Traveling on a Mideast tour to discuss Syria and revive peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians, Baird also inaugurated Canada's new Jordanian embassy building.