By Justin Sink - 07/18/13 12:03 PM EDT
"We are in need for more support in order to deliver the required services for the refugees, especially when it comes to the sensitive sectors that were impacted with this inflow of refugees," Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said during a joint press conference with Kerry later Thursday.
Kerry, for his part, thanked the Jordanians "for having the hearts and the willingness to open your arms to so many refugees."
"The generosity that you have shown is an example, really, to the world," he continued. "And we understand that it puts a strain on your society. … And so we all have an obligation to try to help and to meet your needs, and we will try to live up to that obligation."
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the administration's response to the Syrian civil war.
"The president is focused on doing everything we can, working with our partners and allies, to assist the Syrian opposition, to isolate the Bashar al-Assad regime, to continue to make the case to Russia and others who are in the extreme minority when it comes to the views that we have about and the world has about Assad, to help bring about the day when the Syrian people can enjoy a future free of the atrocious bloodshed that Assad has inflicted and continues to inflict upon the Syrian people," Carney said.
But the flow of arms to rebels on the ground in Syria has stalled over congressional opposition, even after the Obama Administration said it wanted to begin providing the weapons to the rebels after chemical weapons use by the Assad regime.
"We continue to consult closely with Congress on matters related to our Syria assistance," Carney said. "We are ramping up assistance. We can't provide details about the timeline or logistics of delivery for every type of assistance. But the provision of assistance continues."