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Washington File

13 May 2003

U.S. Provides Jordan $700 Million in Emergency Aid

(State Department fact sheet May 13) (350)
In response to a request from President Bush, the United States
Congress has appropriated $700 million in emergency assistance to
Jordan, the State Department announced in a fact sheet released May
The purpose of the emergency funds is to help the Government of Jordan
offset revenue shortfalls and new expenditures resulting from the
conflict in Iraq.
Following is the text of the May 13 State Department fact sheet:
(begin fact sheet)
Office of the Spokesman
(Amman, Jordan)
May 13, 2003
Emergency Supplemental Assistance to Jordan
U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Jordanian Minister of
Planning Dr. Bassam Awadallah signed today, Tuesday, May 13, documents
that transfer $700 million in supplemental assistance from the United
States to Jordan.
Following a request by President Bush, the Congress appropriated $700
million in emergency assistance to Jordan for Fiscal Year 2003. This
assistance is in addition to the $250 million in bilateral economic
assistance already appropriated for Jordan in FY 2003. The purpose of
the additional funds is to help Jordan offset the economic dislocation
it faces due to the conflict in Iraq.
The war in Iraq resulted in revenue shortfalls and needs for new
expenditures by the Government of Jordan. The U.S. assistance will
allow the Government of Jordan to continue to deliver basic services
to the citizens of Jordan -- such as education and healthcare --
without interruption, in particular to those most in need.
The $250 million appropriated in bilateral economic assistance for FY
2003 is being programmed under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) into development activities,
primarily in the economic growth, water and health sectors. Measured
on a per capita basis, the U.S. assistance program in Jordan is among
the largest such programs in the world.
The substantial amount of assistance being provided to Jordan is a
testimony to the commitment by the United States to work with allies
and friends in the Middle East to promote prosperity, economic growth,
democracy and peace.
(end fact sheet)
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
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