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House panel clears Jordan arms bill ahead of king's visit

The Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East approved legislation boosting military aid to Jordan.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Jordan's King Abdullah II smile during a meeting at the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR44YI4

A House panel on Nov. 19 unanimously cleared legislation to boost military aid to Jordan in a symbolic show of support ahead of a planned visit by King Abdullah next month.

The legislation, which Al-Monitor first reported on in September, is spearheaded by panel chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who visited Jordan over the summer and pledged US support to help the Hashemite Kingdom deal with the fallout from the crises in Syria and Iraq. Jordan says it is hosting some 1.4 million Syrian refugees as a result of the three-year civil war.

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