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Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 20:48 GMT

World: Europe

Britain-Jordan tank deal

Jordan says that Britain has agreed to supply Amman with a number of English-made Challenger One tanks to help modernise its army.

A government statement said that agreement had been reached in principle between King Abdullah and Lord Gilbert, a British minister for Defence Procurement.

There was no indication about how many tanks were involved, nor the value of the deal, but the announcement referred to a substantial gift from Britain.

The move follows a similar announcement in the United States, where President Clinton is seeking Congressional approval for three-hundred-million dollars in increased aid to Joran this year, two-thirds of it for the military.

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