Qatar to pro­vide Jor­dan 10,000 jobs

The Korea Times - - WORLD BUSINESS -

AMMAN, Jor­dan (AP) — Jor­dan’s royal court says Qatar’s for­eign min­is­ter has promised to in­vest $500 mil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture projects in the king­dom and pro­vide 10,000 jobs for Jor­da­ni­ans in his coun­try.

Wed­nes­day’s pledge was the lat­est show of fi­nan­cial sup­port for Jor­dan, af­ter days of mass protests over planned aus­ter­ity mea­sures brought down the king­dom’s prime min­is­ter last week. Ear­lier this week, three other Gulf states promised a to­tal of $2.5 bil­lion to Jor­dan over five years.

Jor­dan is a key Western and Gulf ally, but has suf­fered an eco­nomic down­turn and grow­ing un­em­ploy­ment linked to re­gional crises. In­ter­na­tional lenders have called for eco­nomic re­forms to bring down Jor­dan’s ris­ing public debt.

Qatar’s pledge came af­ter talks be­tween For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man Al Thani and Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah II.

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