WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 17)
Official sources revealed today that a U.S. embargo on arms shipments will be lifted within 30 days to allow the shipment of Patton tanks to Jordan to replace the losses suffered in last June’s war with Israel. Spare parts, ammunition and other transportation and communications equipment required by the Jordanian army will also be sent. A new agreement in being negotiated for surplus agricultural commodities to meet Jordan’s food needs.
The State Department said today that the United States has terminated a $30 million annual cash budgetary support allocation for Jordan because the Hussein regime is receiving adequate aid from the oil-rich Arab countries. The $30 million included funds with which Jordan paid its army, according to Robert McCloskey, State Department spokesman.
Mr. McCloskey said that Jordan had received an authorization of $112 million a year from the wealthy Arab states at last September’s Arab summit meeting in Khartoum. It was decided there that the wealthy Arab countries would aid those whose economies suffered from the June war, Mr. McCloskey said.
The Washington Daily News said today that the United States had “politely but coolly,” turned aside three bids from Egypt in recent weeks for renewal of diplomatic relations. The paper said that the approaches had been in Washington and Cairo and that the Egyptians had received “the stiffly correct U.S. response that they would be taken under advisement.”