To promote bilateral military relations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange military technology in April 2021.
The agreement was signed by Maj. Gen. Mubarak Saeed Gafan Al Jabri, assistant undersecretary for support and defense industries in the UAE, and Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Salman Al Nuaimat, assistant chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Planning, Organization and Defense Resources in Jordan.
“The signing of the memorandum coincides with the celebration of the centennial foundation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, during which time it played an honorable and effective role in protecting Arab national security, supporting moderation and stability in the region, demonstrating a model for good governance and leadership that is acknowledged and respected regionally and internationally,” Gen. Al Jabri announced.
Complementing their economic, diplomatic and social connections, the military relationship between the UAE and Jordan is formidable and deeply rooted, through which the two countries exchange military expertise in terms of training, technology and intelligence and regularly participate in joint exercises such as Eager Lion.
The UAE signed 12 deals with Jordan in 2017 to further cooperation between the two countries, including agreements, protocols and memoranda of understanding covering financial and technical matters with respect to communications, information technology, the environment, trade, investments, maritime security cooperation, education, higher education, scientific research and media.
To strengthen the health sector in Jordan to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, the UAE flew in three planes loaded with over 39 tons of medical supplies, including testing equipment and ventilators. The aid benefited 40,000 health care workers fighting to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The UAE has also sought to alleviate economic pressure on Jordan owing to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Jordan has accommodated hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the UAE provided $2.5 billion in 2018 to stabilize Jordan’s financial sector.
Sources: Al-Ittihad, Al Bayan