German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, told German media, that the equipment would help bolster Jordan’s border surveillance, and that her country and Europe as a whole “have an interest in Jordan’s stability.”
The Minister said at the handover ceremony in the Jordanian capital Amman, that the equipment, which includes two training aircraft worth €5 million and 70 trucks and 56 vans worth €13 million, would help “improve mobility at the border.”
She added that Germany is assisting refugee-burdened Jordan in many ways, including the job initiative “cash for work”, funding school teachers’ salaries in the double-shift programs and by providing drinking water to refugees and to the local communities accommodating them.
Jordan, which borders Syria and Iraq, has been at the forefront of the fight against the “Islamic State” (IS). Russia and an international coalition led by the United States have fought the terrorist group since it conquered swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory in 2014.
Berlin has also helped Jordan via a 2016 aid program aimed at helping Middle Eastern and African partners resolve and prevent local conflicts, an effort the German government has previously said should combat the causes of migration to Europe.