Jordan and the US have "built a strong foundation together", US Chargé d'Affaires Karen Sasahara said during the US embassy’s Independence Day celebration in Amman on Tuesday (July 2nd), the Jordan Times reported.
During the celebration, Sasahara highlighted the anniversary of 70 years of Jordan-US diplomatic relations, acknowledging that sometimes the two countries disagree, but "we watch out for each other".
"Since 1949, our countries have built a strong foundation together and we deeply appreciate Jordan’s leadership," Sasahara said, adding that under King Abdullah, Jordan has worked "in advancing peace and moderation in an often turbulent region".
The US official also noted that celebration marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and that the late King Hussein was "one of the first people to ever speak to an orbiting spacecraft by amateur radio in 1983, when he spoke to astronaut Owen Garriott as the space shuttle Columbia flew over Amman".
Since 2014, more than a dozen Jordanian students have gone on to take part in NASA’s internship programme at the Ames Research Centre in Silicon Valley through a partnership with the Crown Prince Foundation, the US embassy said.