US set to boost aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cuts

Amman: 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.

Officials say US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Jordan’s foreign minister will sign the aid agreement in Amman on Wednesday. The officials are not authorised to preview the announcement and are speaking on condition of anonymity.

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