State Department announces $850 million in aid for Middle East

13 March 2003
US Secretary of State Colin Powell announced on 13 March $860 million in aid for Middle East countries as part of the US government's $28,500 million international affairs budget for fiscal year 2004, which begins in September. The money is for countries in the region involved in the war against terrorism and to support a new educational and governance initiative in the region.

Delivering testimony before the House of Representatives subcommittee on foreign operations, Powell said funding to Middle East 'frontline states' in the war against terrorism involves $460 million for Jordan and $255 million for Turkey. Powell said the new budget also includes $145 million for the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). 'This initiative gives us a framework and funding for working with the Arab world to expand educational and economic opportunities, empower women, and strengthen civil society and the rule of law,' Powell said.

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