AMMAN, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Jordan and the United States signed Monday an agreement that granted the Arab kingdom an aid of 200 million U.S. dollars, state-run Petra news agency reported.
Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Seif said the money will be used to support ventures in the fields of health, water and education.
He added that the aid came at a critical time as the country is facing an overwhelming influx of Syrian refugees.
Seif, who reviewed challenges in hosting the refugees, said the grant will help reduce the pressure on the state budget induced by the refugee problem.
Also, Jordan and the United States are expected to sign a 360- million-dollar assistance agreement in September.
According to official figures, Jordan now hosts more than 530, 000 Syrian refugees who have fled the unrest in their country. Its government has repeatedly appealed the international community for help to deal with the increasing number of Syrians arriving in the country.