WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund will work with Jordan’s new government to complete a review of the debt-burdened country’s IMF loan program as soon as possible to release another $70 million to Jordan, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.
The spokesman, Gerry Rice, told a regular news briefing that the IMF welcomed a call from Jordan’s King Abdullah for a “national dialogue” over tax legislation that has sparked the protests that have brought down the country’s government.
He did not comment on a Reuters report that Jordan was seeking to slow down fiscal reforms that are a key part of fiscal consolidation plans pushed by the IMF to reduce Jordan’s large public debt.
Rice also called on the international donor community to take a stronger role in supporting Jordan as it struggles with fiscal strains caused by taking over 1 million Syrian refugees and higher security costs.
Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Cynthia Osterman