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Germany approves $100m loan for Jordan

June 22, 2018 at 1:20 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels, Belgium [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday has pledged a $100 million loan to the Kingdom of Jordan in order to help implement reforms required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“We know that this is a difficult period in which the fruits of the reforms will come later,” Merkel told reporters during a joint press conference with King Abdullah II following their meeting in Amman.

In early June, Jordan witnessed a week-long strike and protest against the rising cost of living and a new income tax bill. The protests led to the resignation of Prime Minister, Hani Mulki.

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Merkel arrived in Jordan on Wednesday night and held talks with King Abdullah II before heading to neighbouring Lebanon.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah told reporters that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is still the main issue in the region, noting that Germany and the European Union have a major role to play in advancing peace efforts based on the two-state solution.