Jordan, US MoU to be discussed during US official visit

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AMMAN — A new Jordan-US memorandum of understanding, whereby Washington will provide $10.15 billion in aid to Jordan over the next seven years, is to be discussed this week, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi will be involved in the discussions.

Leaf is visiting Jordan on September 3 and 4, as part of a regional tour that includes Tunisia, Israel, and the occupied West Bank.

According to a US State Department statement, during US President Joe Biden’s meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah in Jeddah, in July, Leaf discussed with Safadi “the Jordanian-US strategic relations, and joint efforts to enhance regional stability”, in addition to the memorandum of understanding.

The King met Biden on July 16, on the sidelines of the Jeddah summit which was attended by Arab leaders and the US president. During the meeting, Biden confirmed the US intention to sign a new memorandum of understanding with Jordan, which includes granting Jordan an annual aid of no less than $1.45 billion in the period 2023–2029.

Before her visit to Jordan, Leaf will travel to Israel and the West Bank, between September 1 and 3, where she will meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials to “discuss a set of priorities, including emphasizing the US’ commitment to Israel’s security and strengthening American cooperation with Israel and the Palestinian Authority”.

Leaf, the statement said, will stress that “the US interest lies in improving the lives of the Palestinians”, and will confirm the “US administration’s commitment to the two-state solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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