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US awards Jordan 275-million-dollar grant to improve water

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Oct 25, 2010
The United States on Monday awarded Jordan a 275-million-dollar grant to improve water distribution and wastewater collection in the northeastern city of Zarqa.

The money was granted under the US-run Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which helps developing countries reduce their levels of poverty as long as they meet performance criteria on the rule of law and democratic principles.

The compact signed in Washington on Monday "will increase the supply of available water by improving water delivery, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment," the MCC said in a statement.

The signing was witnessed by visiting Jordanian Foreign Minister Nassar Judeh and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who announced plans for the grant during a visit to Jordan last month.

Jordan, one of the closest US partners in the Middle East, is a key Arab mediator in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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