US to up aid to Jordan as it deals with regional turmoil

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Posted: Feb 03, 2015 12:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is hoping to nearly double U.S. assistance to Jordan over the next two years as the country struggles to cope with domestic issues and pressure from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Tuesday signed an agreement that will see American aid to Jordan rise from $660 million to $1 billion per year between 2015 to 2017. The money is subject to congressional approval. It is intended to help Jordan deal with a massive influx of refugees from Syria, support its security and energy needs as well as promote social, political and economic reform.

Jordan has been a key U.S. ally in the coalition to combat the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.