US set to boost aid to Jor­dan

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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 to pun­ish coun­tries that don’t agree with US pol­icy in the Mid­dle East.

Jor­dan voted in De­cem­ber to con­demn the US for recog­nis­ing oc­cu­pied Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, and it crit­i­cised the US for with­hold­ing Pales­tinian refugee funds.

But US of­fi­cials say the ad­min­is­tra­tion will give Jor­dan $1.275 bil­lion an­nu­ally un­til 2022. That’s $275 mil­lion more than the cur­rent level.

US sec­re­tary of state Rex Tiller­son and Jor­dan’s for­eign min­is­ter were to sign the aid agree­ment in Am­man yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said.

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