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U.S. Embassy Donates Capacity-Building Equipment To Jordan Customs Department

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Amman – The American Embassy today presented Jordan Customs Department with a donation of equipment valued at $60,000 to deter, detect, and interdict the illicit smuggling of weapons of mass destruction, their related materials, and conventional weapons.  Expressing appreciation for this contribution, Director General of Jordan Customs Department Major General Ghalib Al Sarayrah said the equipment will further boost Jordan Custom’s capabilities to monitor and secure the country’s borders. He also added that this significant donation demonstrates the strong and unique bilateral relationship between Jordan and the United States.

The equipment was provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, which offers training and equipment to stem the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, and prevent irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons. It represents one aspect of the  cooperation between the United States and Jordan in a partnership that spans more than 60 years.

The equipment was handed over by the American Embassy’s Economic Counselor Natalie E. Brown and EXBS program assistant Kirsten Armstrong.