King Abdullah II of Jordan with US President George W Bush
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US gives Jordan $78 million aid supplement

Washington boosts aid to Jordan to bolster the country's defenses, bringing this year's total assistance to $532 million

Washington on Monday gave Jordan, a staunch ally in the Middle East, a supplement of $78 million in mostly security aid to bolster the country's defenses, bringing total assistance this year to $532 million, officials said.


Jordanian Planning Minister Suhair al-Ali told reporters after signing the agreement with US ambassador David Hale that the kingdom was lobbying to raise the amount of supplemental aid it received in recent years for its strong backing of US policies in the region.


"As a government we continue to work with the US to increase that percentage of cash assistance to the budget," al-Ali said.


The extra aid is beyond the annual economic and military aid package of $454 million that has been appropriated for the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2007.


Most of the supplemental aid is earmarked to boost border security and anti-terrorism training, officials said.


After the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Washington doubled its annual grants to Jordan to around $450 million - $250 million in economic aid and $200 million in military assistance.


Jordanian officials often complain that the kingdom gets less aid than other key regional allies, Egypt and Israel.


But US officials say the aid program to Jordan is among the largest in the world and the kingdom has received a total of over $7 billion, including $4 billion in economic aid and $3 billion in military assistance.


פרסום ראשון: 09.17.07, 14:21
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