Washington will expand its funding to Jordan over the next three years, in part to combat the Islamic State, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as militants with the group released video showing an imprisoned Jordanian fighter pilot being burned to death.
The United States will boost financial assistance to Jordan from $660 million per year over the last five years to $1 billion per year over the next three, U.S. officials said. President Obama and Jordanian King Abdullah II agreed in December to renew their memorandum of understanding for assistance for Jordan, State Department officials said, but the terms of the deal were not released until Tuesday. The announcement came while both Abdullah and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh were in Washington. The king cut short his visit when news of the execution broke.
“The United States and Jordan share a commitment to promoting regional security and stability, furthering Jordan’s economic development, and advancing social, political, and economic reform in Jordan,” the State Department said. “The United States recognizes Jordan’s increased immediate needs resulting from regional unrest, the efforts Jordan is undertaking at the forefront of the fight against [Islamic State] and other extremist ideology and terrorism, the influx of refugees from Syria and Iraq, the disruption of foreign energy supplies, and other unprecedented strains.” […]