US–Jordan bilateral relations

Authored by: Jomana Amara

Handbook of US-Middle East Relations

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781857434996
eBook ISBN: 9780203859377
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Even though the US and the Kingdom of Jordan have never signed a formal treaty, the relationship between the two countries has been close. The continued stability of Jordan, the increasing role that Jordan is playing in stabilizing Iraq, the co-operation of Jordan in the peace process, and the military and intelligence co-operation between the two countries are of primary strategic interest for the US. As a reflection of this strategic interest, Jordan became a major recipient of US assistance, both military and economic, in the 1990s. Between 1998 and 2002, annual US aid to Jordan was approximately $150 million in economic assistance and $75 million in military assistance. In 2003, primarily as a result of Jordan’s support for the US war against terrorism and operations in Iraq, US assistance to Jordan increased. Total economic assistance since 1952 now exceeds $4.4 billion. The US views the economic and military stability of Jordan as being an essential component in the on-going stabilization efforts in the Middle East.

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