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Amman,July 22 (Petra) - Minster of Planning and International Cooperation Jaafar Hassan on Sunday announced $100 million additional US funding to support Jordan's 2012 budget.
In joint statements with the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones, Hassan told reporters that Jordan will receive the new assistance before the end of August.
Hassan explained that the U.S administration allocated this assistance after the visit of His Majesty King Abdullah II to Washington earlier this year, while the procedures ended yesterday after getting the congressional approval.
The minister added that the grant comes to help Jordan at a critical time in addressing the strains of the national budget as result of the continuing repercussions of regional developments. Hassan pointed out that this grant will contribute to strengthening the government's ability to meet different challenges and provide funding for vital projects in this sector.
The U.S. envoy said that "this new assistance is beyond our regular program and is being provided during extra ordinary circumstances to enable the government of Jordan to face the strains of national budget, the repeated disruption of the Egyptian gas pipeline and especially the added cost of providing subsidized social services and basic commodities to those fleeing the appalling violence in Syria.
He added that the U.S. government has allocated $64 million in aid to humanitarian relief workers who provide emergency relief for Syrian refugees in Jordan such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UNESCO, and other humanitarian organizations.
Jones stressed that the new grant is not conditioned with political reforms, but it is provided to help the country during extraordinary financial and humanitarian circumstances.
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