Jordan's king warns of fallout from Syria conflict

October 18, 2012 - 10:34 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned of the "dangerous repercussions" from the Syrian conflict on countries across the Middle East.

A royal palace statement said Abdullah's warning came in a closed-door meeting with visiting Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Thursday. The Moroccan leader arrived in Jordan Wednesday for a three-day state visit.

Abdullah and other officials have expressed fears in the past that violence may spread to the 210,000-strong Syrian refugee community the kingdom hosts. Jordan is also worried that Syria's chemical weapons may fall into the hands of militants if the regime there falls.

Abdullah also said that hosting the refugees has strained Jordan's health care, water and electricity sectors, according to the statement.

He called for international contributions to enable Jordan to continue providing services to the refugees.