AMMAN, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 high-ranking representatives of border authorities in 44 countries from the European Union and the Arab region gathered on Wednesday in Amman for the First Euro-Arab Border Security Conference, state-run Petra news agency reported.
At the opening of the conference, Jordanian Interior Minister Mazen Faraya said the two-day conference in the Jordanian capital aims to develop an international dialogue on border security and combat migrant smuggling, human trafficking, cross-border crime, and terrorism.
Arab countries as members of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, and the EU attend the first edition of the conference, Faraya noted.
The conference comes as Jordan hosts more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees, the minister said, highlighting the security, social, and economic burdens on the state budget and the country's limited resources.
Faraya also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities for the refugees.