Jul 23 2012
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US grants Jordan $100m to help economy, ease burden of hosting Syrians
The special economic assistance was announced at a press conference held in Amman on Sunday by Planning and International Cooperation Minister Jafar Hassan and US Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones.
Hassan pointed out that the additional aid was approved by the US Congress on Saturday to support Jordan's economy, which he said was hit by international and regional economic uncertainties, particularly issues related to energy.
With regards to the regular economic aid programme, worth $360 million, he said that Jordan and the US will sign the agreement in September.
The ambassador added that Jordan has made "great sacrifices" to support Syrians who fled to the Kingdom, saying "these sacrifices have often come at great personal cost".
While having to manage its own economic challenges under difficult regional conditions that slowed down economic growth, the US appreciates Jordan's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the ambassador said.
"This assistance is a tangible affirmation that the US government is with you," Jones noted.
According to the diplomat, the US has so far donated over $64 million to international organisations offering relief services to Syrian refugees in the region.
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