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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait approve $2.5b Jordan aid

Gulf countries agree aid package at meeting in Jeddah attended by Mohammad, called by Salman

Shaikh Mohammad is in Saudi Arabia for talks on the Jordan crisis with King Salman.

Dubai: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait pledged $2.5 billion (Dh9.2 billion) of aid to Jordan on Monday, a joint statement from the Gulf states said, as austerity measures sparked massive protests in the country.

The package includes deposit in Jordan’s central bank, guarantees to the World Bank, annual budget support and development projects, the statement carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA added.

Late on Sunday, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,  arrived in Jeddah.

He is heading the UAE delegation to the quartet meeting called for by King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, to discuss ways to support Jordan.

The meeting includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan.

Shaikh Mohammad was received upon arrival at the King Abdul Aziz International airport by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Adviser to King Salman and Emir of Makkah, and a number of senior Saudi officials.

The UAE delegation includes Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Shaikh Shakhbout Bin Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai.

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