Jordan-US Relations Overview

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations more than six decades ago, 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. HM the late King Hussein and HM King Abdullah II have been steadfast in strengthening this bond, which continues today with President Obama and his administration. Members of both the House and Senate have frequently visited Jordan as 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 U.S. have worked together on Jordan’s top foreign policy priority, the Middle East peace process, and other common foreign policy goals. Jordan will continue working with the Obama administration to re-launch the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians with the U.S. continuing to play the leading role.
  • 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.
  • With the crisis in Syria continuing to escalate, the conflict has become a major source of bloodshed and regional instability. Jordan appreciates the coordination and the assistance from the U.S. in dealing with the repercussions of this conflict; mostly notably the influx of more than 440,000 Syrians into Jordan. Jordan continues to work with the U.S. on limiting the effects of the conflict on the region.
  • Jordan has received more than $13 billion in assistance since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This has helped Jordan build its institutions, develop its infrastructure and be a source of moderation and stability in the Middle East. USAID and other programs such as the Millennium Challenge Account have brought significant contributions to economic developments in Jordan.
  • In 2000, Jordan signed a free trade agreement with the U.S. which, after being enacted in 2001, boosted trade to unprecedented levels.  In 2011 bilateral trade exceeded $2 billion which is an indication of the success of the FTA in inducing bilateral trade.
  • Jordan is committed to ongoing reforms that will advance political life in Jordan and bring prosperity to the country. Jordan, which held its first elections following major constitutional and legislative amendments, is continuing in the transition towards parliamentary democracy. Jordan appreciates the input of the U.S. government in this regard and its assistance in reaching such goals.