Abu Dhabi Fund for Development announces US$300m in aid for Jordan

Move 'reaffirms' UAE's commitment to the country

The Jordanian and UAE flags. Alamy
The Jordanian and UAE flags. Alamy

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has announced the provision of US$300 million (Dh1.1bn) in development aid to Jordan.

The move comes following a directive from President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

"The UAE leadership's decision reaffirms the commitment to standing alongside the brotherly leadership and people of Jordan, reflecting the nation's foreign policy that carries the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and continues under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa,” the Fund said in a statement on Saturday.

In May this year, Sheikh Mohamed met with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Abu Dhabi. The two men discussed regional security issues and the UAE also signed a $100 million (Dh367.3m) grant to support tens of thousands of Jordanian businesses.

In June, the two nations held a joint military exercise. The closing day of the operation, called 'Bonds of Strength', involved live artillery fire at Al Hamra Camp in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.

The shared exercise showed the two country's "historic ties and robust co-operation", Sheikh Mohamed said on Twitter.

Updated: December 28, 2019 08:48 PM