Speaking in Amman, US Secretary of state urged Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria
On Wednesday in the Jordanian capital, U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and the foreign Minister of Jordan, Ayman al-Safadi signed a new agreement for U.S. aid to Amman. The amount of this aid will be increased by 27 percent. Tillerson called it “a signal to the rest of the world that the relationship between the USA and Jordan firmly as ever.”
However, last year Jordan was one of the tough critics of the administration’s decision to trump on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At the meeting in Amman, the foreign Ministers of the USA and Jordan did not hide the existence of differences, but confirmed that both countries have maintained a unity of purpose in achieving peace in the middle East.
The new annual amount of U.S. aid includes $ 750 million for economic needs, in particular on economic reform and $ 350 million for military purposes.
According to the Associated Press, signed on Wednesday the agreement represents a victory for Secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Minister of defense James Mattis, who opposed recognition of the new status of Jerusalem and increased assistance to Jordan in strengthening national security. In turn, the President of trump and the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley has proposed cutting U.S. aid to countries that do not support the administration’s position.
Welcoming Tillerson in his Palace in Amman, king Abdullah II of Jordan noted the position of the Secretary in reaching the current agreement. “Thank you, because I know that you played a very important role,” – these words of the king, quoted by the Associated Press.
At a press conference in Amman, the newspaper the Washington Post, Tillerson urged Iran to withdraw its controlled military forces from Syria. The announcement came shortly after the Israeli military shot down invading their territory from Syria to the Iranian drone, and then carried out air strikes on Iranian facilities on Syrian territory. During this strike Syrian air defenses had shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter.
Tillerson on meet the press also said that the US and Turkey must cooperate to resolve the Syrian crisis. He expressed hope that such cooperation will contribute to the talks he will hold later this week in Ankara.