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Safadi sought to highlight close ties with the USA, focusing on a memorandum the two officials signed for more than $6 billion in American aid to Jordan over the next five years.

Despite that messy reality, Tillerson says Washington can still shape the outcome in Syria to its own interests.

"I have seen the plan, elements of the plan, it's been under development for a number of months", said Tillerson said during a meeting with officials in Amman, Jordan, according to Bloomberg. Jordan backed the resolution.

Some experts say that the move is further proof that Trump's tough rhetoric is meaningless and disconnected from actual US policy.

Sisi reaffirmed to Tillerson that Egyptian-US relations are strategic and deeply rooted, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

This is the first non-binding MOU on bilateral foreign assistance negotiated under President Trump's Administration and a signal of the United States' continuing commitment to Jordan's stability, prosperity, and security.

"We will continue to be completely transparent with Turkey about our efforts in Syria to defeat ISIS, and we stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally in its counterterrorism efforts", he went on to say.

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"So I think it'll be up to the president to decide when he feels it's time and he's ready to put that plan forward", said Tillerson. The previous such MoU between Jordan and the United States was for three years.

The United States is backing Syrian rebel groups.

The economy of Jordan has also suffered due to the turmoil of conflicts in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, forcing the state to borrow heavily from external and domestic sources.

Speaking in Kuwait, as part of his five-nation tour of the Middle East, Washington's top diplomat said that despite recent military victories the coalition fighting the militant group must make sure ISIL does not spread from its bases in Syria and Iraq. Jordan's military has played a key role in the US -led anti-Islamic State coalition, and its intelligence services have produced some of the best intelligence on al-Qaeda, experts say.

He said that the USA will continue to support the militias with which Washington collaborates in Syria, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, stressing that his country will ensure that these groups operate professionally.

Iran quickly responded to the United States official, with Ali Akbar Velayati, top aide to Iran's Supreme Leader, saying that "Iran's military presence in Syria was based on invitation" of the Syrian regime.

Tillerson called the package "a signal to the rest of the world that the U.S-Jordan partnership has never been stronger".

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