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Jordan signs agreement with Israel to purchase 50 million cubic meters of water


AA / Amman

Jordan and Israel signed an agreement on Tuesday for the purchase of 50 million cubic meters of water from Tel Aviv by the kingdom. This is an additional volume to what was stipulated in the peace agreement signed between the two countries in 1994.

Jordanian channel Al-Mamlaka (government) reported on its website the comments of (anonymous) sources within the Jordanian Ministry of Water, according to which specialized committees on both sides held a technical meeting today. , in the presence of water ministers from both sides, without specifying the place of the meeting.

“An agreement has been signed, according to which Jordan will purchase additional quantities of water, amounting to 50 million cubic meters, outside the framework of the peace agreement and the volumes stipulated in the agreement”, according to chain.

No official statement has been released by the Jordanian and Israeli sides to confirm or deny what was published by the Al-Mamlaka channel.

Last July, Jordan and Israel announced that they had reached an agreement whereby the Jewish state would sell 50 million cubic meters of water per year to the Hashemite kingdom, after a meeting between the ministers of affairs. foreign Ayman Safadi and Yaïr Lapid.

Last April, the Israeli press revealed that the Tel Aviv government had approved a Jordanian request for additional water supplies, in accordance with an agreement signed between the two parties in this regard in 2010, stemming from the peace accord of Wadi Araba, signed between the two countries in 1994.

Under the peace agreement, Israel supplies Jordan with up to 55 million cubic meters of water per year from Lake Galilee, which is channeled through King Abdullah’s Canal to Amman, for 1 cent the cubic meter (the dollar = 100 cents).

Jordan is ranked the second poorest country in the world in terms of water, according to the World Water Index.

Relations between Amman and Tel Aviv broke down sharply during the time of former Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu (2009-2021), to such an extent that Jordan’s King Abdullah II called her to come “to its worst level” in a dialogue session in the United States.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour

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