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Trump Administration Inks $6.3 Billion Defense Deal with Jordan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, shakes hands with Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years, in spite of President Donald Trump's repeated threats …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has signed a Memorandum of Understanding worth $6.375 billion in defense aid to Jordan, in a ceremony in Amman on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi signed the document, which continues on an expiring American pledge of aid from the Obama administration. Tillerson, who has toured the region this week discussing the US-led coalition fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said that Jordan has proven itself once again a pillar of stability in the world’s most volatile region.

“The additional funds and years will support Jordan’s important role in addressing regional conflict and instability, including the impact that the crisis in Syria has had on Jordan,” Tillerson said. It will also help King Abdullah pursue his domestic economic agenda, in order to reach the “self-reliance” that Jordan seeks, Tillerson added.

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