November 23, 2002 - Associated Press: Peace Corps pulling volunteers from Jordan following advisory

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Peace Corps pulling volunteers from Jordan following advisory

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Peace Corps pulling volunteers from Jordan following advisory

The Associated Press
11/23/02 5:41 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Peace Corps said Saturday it was suspending operations in Jordan, where some U.S. Embassy personnel and family members had been authorized to leave following the killing of an official of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

"Peace Corps officials have evaluated the security situation in Jordan and determined that suspension of the program at this time is appropriate," the volunteer agency said on its Web site.

"The Jordanian government has been extremely supportive of Peace Corps volunteers and programs in their country. We value the relationship and look forward to returning volunteers to Jordan in the near future," said agency Director Gaddi H. Vasquez.

The pullout, involving an estimated 30 to 40 volunteers, followed a State Department statement Friday authorizing the departure of nonessential embassy employees and dependents from Jordan.

Department spokesman Philip Reeker said that decision resulted from an overall assessment of the security situation in the Middle Eastern country following the assassination of AID official Lawrence Foley in Amman in late October.

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