Jordan-US Relations Overview

Diplomatic relations between Jordan and the United States were established on February 18, 1949 when Wells Stabler presented his credentials as Chargé d’Affaires in Amman. Since that time, Jordan and the United States have enjoyed strong relations based on common goals and mutual respect. The relationship has endured the complexities and volatilities of the Middle East, and has demonstrated that the two countries can rely on each other as allies and partners.
 
Jordan has enjoyed a close relationship with U.S. presidents since the Eisenhower administration. His Majesty late King Hussein and His Majesty King Abdullah II have been steadfast in strengthening this bond, which continues today with President Donald Trump and his administration. Members of both the House and Senate frequently visit Jordan, a testament to the importance of the relationship between the two nations.  His Majesty King Abdullah II is among the few foreign leaders that have addressed a joint session of Congress.
 
Jordan and the United States share the mutual goals of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the region  and an end to violent extremism that threatens the security of the region, and the entire globe. Jordan is also a staunch believer that political solutions are the only path forward to resolving conflicts and crises.
 
Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Jordan stood with the U.S. in its effort to combat the common threat of terrorism and radical ideology. The two sides have worked together and with the international community to rid the world of the scourge of terrorism and end the threat posed to the national security of both countries. Jordan is also a member of the Global Coalition Against Daesh, which was formed in September 2014, and is committed to degrading and ensuring the enduring defeat of the terrorist group.
 
In light of regional unrest, the United States has helped Jordan maintain its stability and prosperity through economic and military assistance and through close political cooperation.
 
Jordan appreciates the coordination and the assistance from the U.S. in dealing with the repercussions of the conflict in Syria; mostly notably the influx of more than a million Syrians into Jordan. Jordan continues to work with the U.S. on limiting the effects of the conflict on the region.
 
In 2008, Jordan and the U.S. signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide assistance to Jordan over a 5-year period.  The MOU reinforces the commitment to broaden cooperation and dialogue between the two countries in a variety of areas. In February 2018, Jordan and the U.S. signed a new five-year $6.375 billion MOU ending in FY 2022. The MOU was the first non-binding MOU on bilateral foreign assistance negotiated under President Trump’s Administration and a signal of the United States’ continuing commitment to Jordan’s prosperity, and security. Furthermore, the agreement outlines areas of critical cooperation in the economic and defense sectors, and directly supports Jordan’s political and economic reform agenda, while simultaneously mitigating the effect of the influx of refugees on Jordanian host communities.
 
In 2000, Jordan and the US signed a free trade agreement (FTA), the US’s first FTA with an Arab country. The agreement has expanded the trade relationship by reducing barriers for services, providing cutting-edge protection for intellectual property, ensuring regulatory transparency, and requiring effective labor and environmental enforcement.  Jordan and the United States have an “open skies” civil aviation agreement; a bilateral investment treaty; a science and technology cooperation agreement; and a memorandum of understanding on nuclear energy cooperation. In the first 8 months of 2019, bilateral trade exceeded $2 billion, an indication of the success of the FTA in inducing bilateral trade.
 
Jordan and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Jordan also is a Partner for Cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.