US President Barack Obama said here on the evening of 14th that he will continue to seek diplomatic solutions to the Syrian conflict, while taking some “intermediate measures” to put more pressure on the Syrian government.
Obama told the media before meeting with visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan that he does not expect the Syrian conflict to be resolved in the short term, but needs immediate measures to deal with humanity in Syria. The situation, while taking some “intermediate measures”, put more pressure on the Syrian government. The United States will continue to work with relevant parties to resolve the Syrian conflict through diplomatic channels.
Obama said that the influx of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees brought “great pressure” to Jordan, which will provide Jordan with a $1 billion loan guarantee and a five-year aid agreement. Extended for 5 years.
A senior US government official told the media that the move was designed to help Jordan cope with the pressure from nearly 600,000 Syrian refugees and the disruption of gas supplies from Egypt.
Abdullah II thanked the United States for its assistance. Talking about the civil strife in Syria, he said that the question is how to propose a comprehensive political solution. When talking about the Middle East peace process, he said that although the United States made unremitting efforts to promote peace talks between Israel and Palestine, he was “cautiously optimistic” about overcoming the “major challenges” that the current situation faces.
The United States has provided economic and military assistance to Jordan since 1951 and 1957, and provided approximately $13.8 billion in assistance to Jordan in fiscal 2013. Since the political turmoil in Egypt in early 2011, natural gas pipelines to Jordan and Israel have been repeatedly attacked, resulting in a disruption of gas supply to Jordan. The United States provided Jordan with a $1.25 billion loan guarantee last year.
Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. It is another Arab country that signed a peace treaty with Israel after Egypt. (Reporter Yi Aijun Xue Ying)
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