The U.S. Congress approved additional budget support to Jordan on Saturday (July 21) — with no conditions.
Unlike the annual $360 million U.S. economic aid to the country, the $100 million additional support is not conditioned on political reforms, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones told reporters at a news conference in Amman, Sunday (July 22).
The “special” assistance comes at a critical time for Jordan, whose national budget is being strained by violence in neighboring countries. The additional aid will help fund energy projects and provide for the needs of Syrian refugees in the country, among others.
The two countries are to sign the agreement in August, according to Jordan Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jaafar Hassan, the country’s official news agency, Petra, reports.
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