The United States has agreed to send aid worth over $1.2 billion a year for the next five years to Jordan despite US President Donald Trump’s threats to punish countries that do not agree with US policy in the Middle East.
Under the deal signed Wednesday by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, the US commits to providing at least $750 million a year in economic support and $350 million in military aid.
The agreement to assist Jordan, from 2018 until 2022, boosts Washington’s aid package to the key American ally by $275 million a year or $1.4 for the 5-year period.
Jordan voted in December to condemn the US for recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital city and has criticized the US for withholding millions in funding for Palestinian refugees, many of whom live in Jordan.
“Let them vote against us,” Trump said at the time. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like…