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King meets US president in Jeddah

US to support Jordan with $1.45b annually from 2023–2029 — Biden

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His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, meets with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the GCC summit in Jeddah, on July 16, 2022. (Photo: Royal Court)
AMMAN — US President Joe Biden, following a meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday in Jeddah, announced his country’s intention to enter into a new memorandum of understanding for assistance to Jordan, in which the US supports Jordan with no less than $1.45 billion annually between the years 2023 and 2029, according to a Royal Court statement.اضافة اعلان

A joint statement released following the meeting of the two leaders on the sidelines of the Jeddah Security and Development Summit said the memo reflects the US’ political commitment to Jordan’s stability and to the durability of the partnership between the two countries, as it addresses Jordan’s needs and supports the Kingdom’s economic reform program.

His Majesty and President Biden reaffirmed the enduring strength of the strategic friendship between the US and Jordan, with President Biden highlighting Jordan’s capability to serve as an important hub for cooperation and investment in infrastructure, energy, water, food security and climate.

President Biden reaffirmed the US’ unwavering support to Jordan as a key ally and a force for peace in the region, and for the King’s leadership.

The two leaders reiterated their commitment towards continuing to work toward reaching just and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians, on the basis of the two-state solution, stressing the need to maintain the historical status quo in the holy sites in Jerusalem.



In addition, President Biden highlighted the important role of the Hashemite Custodianship, while the King commended the US’ support for UNRWA.

The two leaders emphasized commitment to supporting the stability and security of Iraq, and the need to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Following is the full text of joint statement:

“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and His Majesty King Abdullah met today in Jeddah and reaffirmed the enduring strength of the strategic friendship between the US and Jordan. The meeting took place during the Summit of the leaders of the US, the GCC members, Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan.

The two leaders discussed efforts to further advance the close and historic partnership between the US and Jordan, and coordination in addressing regional and international challenges. They noted the political and economic value of regional integration, for which Jordan can serve as an important hub for cooperation and investment in infrastructure, energy, water, food security, and climate. The president noted the importance of the trilateral cooperation mechanism with Egypt and Iraq as an example of positive regional collaboration.

President Biden announced the intention of the US to enter into a new memorandum of understanding for assistance for Jordan, in which the US plans to make a commitment to support the provision of no less than $1.45 billion per year in US bilateral foreign assistance to Jordan, beginning in FY 2023 and ending in FY 2029. One of the most significant bilateral instruments of its kind, the memo represents a major US political commitment to Jordan’s stability and the durability of the partnership. The memo is designed to address Jordan’s extraordinary needs, supports King Abdullah’s economic reform program, and ensure the long-term strength of the close partnership between the US and Jordan.

King Abdullah thanked the president for the US’ friendship and continued support for Jordan. He stressed the importance of this support to the Kingdom’s economic reform plans, its efforts to realize more sustainable economic growth, and to mitigate the impact of regional crises.

President Biden reaffirmed the US’ unwavering support to Jordan as a key ally and a force for peace in the region, and for King Abdullah’s leadership.

King Abdullah underlined the crucial role of the US in efforts to support regional security, stability, peace and prosperity.

President Biden and King Abdullah highlighted the strong defense partnership between the two countries, and reiterated commitment to their partnership in the fight against terrorism, including through cooperation within the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and the Aqaba Process.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continue working for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of the two-state solution. They stressed the importance of fostering political and economic horizons through confidence-building measures that would set the ground for meaningful Palestinians-Israeli negotiations. The also emphasized the importance of including the Palestinians in regional cooperation projects. The two leaders stressed the necessity of upholding the historic status quo in Jerusalem’s holy sites, and the President underlined the key role of the Hashemite Custodianship in that regard. King Abdullah also expressed appreciation for US support to UNRWA.

Recalling UN General Assembly resolutions ES-11/1 and ES-11/2, on March 2 and March 24, respectively, demanding the Russian Federation to immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine. They condemned violations of international humanitarian law and violations of human rights in areas of conflict, calling for abiding by international humanitarian law. The leaders also confirmed their intention to increase cooperation to counter the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on global food and energy security.

President Biden and King Abdullah stressed the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015). President Biden expressed appreciation for Jordan’s hosting of Syrian refugees. His Majesty thanked the president for continued US support to help Jordan in its efforts to meet the needs of refugees. The two leaders urged sufficient international support to refugees and host countries.

The two leaders emphasized commitment to the stability and security of Iraq, and the need to protect the significant progress the country has made towards peace and stability.

The two leaders intend to remain in close consultation and further develop the deep friendship between the US and Jordan.”



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