The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Republic of France signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly finance a project supporting border operations of the Jordanian Armed and Security Forces in the area of Al Ruwaished on Wednesday, June 15 2022.
In the presence of a representative from the Jordanian Armed Forces, the Ambassador of France, Veronique Vouland-Aneini, along with the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Marc Hasselaar, signed the MoU at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Amman.
Moreover, the two countries’ financial contribution amounts to a total of 1.9 million euros: 1.45 million euros from the Netherlands and 0.45 million euros from France.
The jointly financed project is aimed at supporting the security as well as stability of Jordan by allowing for better-integrated border management and an improved capacity to reach to security crises along the three borders in the Eastern Military Zone.
Additionally, the project will upgrade the current facilities of the logistical and administrative hub located in Al Ruwaished.
“We are supporting this project as part of the Netherlands Stability Fund, in which Jordan is a priority country. In the coming years, Dutch support will contribute not only to security, stability and employment opportunities in the remote area of Al Ruwaished but also training possibilities for future integrated border management projects,” said Marc Hasselaar, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Netherlands.
Véronique Vouland-Aneini, Ambassador of the French Republic to Jordan, mentioned in the statement, “France has been involved since 2019 in the project of the logistical hub of Ruwaished and helped secure its funding through a 6 million euro fund of the European Union, implemented by Expertise France, the French international technical cooperation agency. Thanks to this agreement with our Dutch partners and direct funding from both countries, we will be able to reach the full operational capability of the hub in the coming months.”
Brigadier General Dr Yousef Al Khatib, The Assistant Chief of Staff for Planning, Organization and Defence Resources, stated, “As we are all aware, Jordan enjoys excellent relations with all EU countries, particularly the Netherlands and France. This relation is driven by shared common values and interests, we in Jordan look forward to enhancing our relations to promote regional peace and stability, this project is yet another testimony to this fruitful relationship”.