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U.S. Embassy Donates X-Ray Inspection System To Jordanian Armed Forces

February 28, 2012

AMMAN – The American Embassy today presented the Special Security and Protection Unit of the Jordanian Armed Forces with an x-ray system valued at approximately $60,000 which will be used in Queen Alia International Airport for baggage inspections.

Expressing appreciation for the donation, Brigadier General Mahjoub Al-Maharmah, Director of Military Security, said the system will boost Jordanian enforcement capabilities and help mitigate potential threats.  He also added that this significant contribution demonstrates the strong and unique bilateral relationship between Jordan and the United States.

The x-ray system was handed over by Economic Counselor Joyce Wong from the U.S. Embassy, who during the ceremony said, "We are dedicated to helping the Government of Jordan combat illicit trade and smuggling activities through the U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.”  The EXBS program offers training and equipment to stem the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, prevent irresponsible transfers of conventional weapons, and enhance export control measures.  

During the ceremony, Brigadier General Mahjoub Al-Maharmah further commended the donation as an effective tool to improve and reinforce the institutional capacity of the Special Security and Protection Unit.