US, Jordan signed Joint Action Plan on cooperation to counter Nuclear Smuggling

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Who: Joint Action Plan (JAP)
Where: Washington
What: Signed between US and Jordan
When: 11 January 2016
Why: To improve efforts against nuclear and radiological smuggling

United States and Jordan on 11 January 2016 signed a Joint Action Plan (JAP) to improve efforts against nuclear and radiological smuggling. The partnership will help in enhancing the efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.

The JAP was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Washington.

The measure strengthens US-Jordanian efforts to work to detect and prevent nuclear and radiological smuggling incidents. The US has similar agreements with 13 other countries, including Iraq, Ukraine and Lithuania.

The plan is the fourteenth such arrangement the State Department has concluded worldwide, and Jordan’s third with a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region partner.

This Joint Action Plan strengthens an already excellent partnership that will make the United States, Jordan, and the region more secure.

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
The term MENA is an acronym referring to the Middle East and North Africa region and covers an extensive region, extending from Morocco to Iran, including all Middle Eastern and Maghreb countries. The term is roughly synonymous with the term the Greater Middle East.