US vows continued support to Jordan — ambassador

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US Ambassador to Jordan Henry Wooster and acting USAID mission director Margaret Spears speak to members of the press at the US embassy in Amman on November 27, 2022. (Photo: US embassy)
AMMAN — Extending a joint memorandum of understanding between Jordan and the US from five years to seven years will give the cash-strapped Kingdom more time to plan for its future projects, US Ambassador Henry T. Wooster said on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

His comment came in a gathering with the press, held at the US embassy. It followed the signing of a cash transfer agreement, setting the stage for disbursing funds from Washington to Amman.

The transfer of $845.1 million signifies the continued US commitment to the partnership with Jordan, the ambassador pointed out.

“Sunday marks the last agreement, and transfer under the 2018 Memorandum of Understanding which, when combined with the new memorandum signed by our governments in September, equates to the largest US economic assistance program in the world,” Wooster explained.

Separately, the ambassador commented to Jordan News on the possibility of enhancing investment cooperation between the two countries, bringing in more American investors to the Kingdom, and deepening the Jordanian-American partnership.

“Our duty lies in creating appropriate conditions that enable investors to establish more projects and investments,” he said. He noted that Jordan must also provide incentives, and create an attractive investment environment to attract a flow of foreign capital into the heavily indebted, resource-poor Arab nation.

He said that the US highly supports His Majesty King Abdullah’s vision for economic, administrative, and political reforms.

“We look forward to continuing our support to Jordan to get out of its crises, most notably the repercussions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the ambassador said.

Last September, Jordan and the US signed a new, seven-year memorandum of understanding, which poor $10.15 billion in funds to the Kingdom. “This is the longest and largest memorandum signed by our governments,” Wooster noted.

The ambassador also emphasized that the “US will work with the government and people of Jordan to boost economic recovery, strengthen water security, and set the conditions to provide Jordanians the education, healthcare, and job opportunities they need.”

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