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Tue 28 Jul 2009 12:09 PM

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Gates assures Jordan over US military aid budget

US Defence Secretary says US military aid to Jordan would not be slimmed down.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates assured Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday that US military aid to the country would not be slimmed down, The Jordan Times reported on Tuesday.  

It follows remarks made by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that the US was considering beefing up its military assistance to the Gulf Arab region in response to growing concern over Iran’s nuclear position.

Jordan currently receives around $360m and $300m in economic and military aid from the US, the newspaper reported, citing official US figures.

At a meeting in the US embassy in Amman on Monday, King Abdullah stressed the US’s role in helping create peace in the Middle East through a two state solution.

Gates reaffirmed the US’s strong ties with Jordan and recognised the country’s efforts in supporting the Palestinian authority and helping Iraq reengage with its neighbours since the US-led invasion.

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