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Lobbying 2016: Jordan tops list of Arab aid recipients

Jordan's King Abdullah (R) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) listen to Jordanian Chief of Staff General Mashal Mohammad Zaben during their visit to a joint Jordanian-American training center at Zarqa, northeast of Amman, Jordan, March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed - RTSA7HN

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan tops the list of Arab recipients of US aid this year, cementing its status as a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State and a bulwark against the instability ravaging the region.

Amman is set to receive $1.6 billion in economic and security assistance this fiscal year, including counterterrorism support funds, Secretary of State John Kerry said during a visit to Jordan in February. The aid package would put Jordan ahead of much-larger Egypt as Congress desperately tries to stop the country from collapsing under the strain of Syrian refugees.

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