RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress to approve new financial aid for Jordan.
Jordan is a key Arab ally in the Middle East whose fragile economy is being stretched by the influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in next-door Syria.
Obama announced late Friday that he will seek $1 billion in loan guarantees. That would be on top of a $1.25 billion loan guarantee Congress approved last year.
He'll also ask for a new, five-year funding agreement for Jordan. Officials did not immediately say what that would be worth. An existing agreement expires in September.
A loan guarantee essentially makes the U.S. responsible for repaying the money should Jordan default.
Obama announced his intentions in California, where he is meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.