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American Ambassador Reaffirms Partnership with Jordan Customs Department through Capacity-Building Equipment Donation

August 19, 2009

Amman – American Ambassador Stephen Beecroft today presented Director General of Jordan Customs Major General Ghalib Al Sarayrah a donation of equipment to bolster Jordan Customs’ ability to detect illegal shipments of weapons, monitor more effectively goods entering or transiting Jordan, and secure the country’s borders.  The equipment includes night vision goggles, radiation pagers, and radionuclide identifiers.  The donation, made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, represents one aspect of security cooperation between the United States and Jordan in a partnership that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Ambassador Beecroft and Director General Al Sarayrah also discussed the Customs Administration Modernization Project, part of a Millennium Challenge Corporation program to help expedite and strengthen customs administration by creating a “single window” at seven customs centers and removing obstacles that delay the flow of goods.

Director General Al Sarayrah said that receiving such equipment represents Jordan Customs’ relentless efforts to develop and maintain a sustainable capacity to combat illegal trade and to fight smuggling activities that are detrimental to society, the national economy, the local environment, and public health and safety.

Expressing appreciation for all contributions to develop and boost customs work, Director General Al Sarayrah also added that this significant donation demonstrates the strong and unique bilateral relationship shared between Jordan and the United States.

Additionally, the Ambassador and Director General commended the 2004 bilateral Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement, a framework for cooperation to promote international trade, obstruct criminal activity, and hinder terrorist activities.  They also reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work together and identify new areas of cooperation.