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Jordan to buy 50 million m3 of water from Israel

Jordan is currently the world's second water-poorest country

Laith Al-Junaidi  | 12.10.2021 - Update : 12.10.2021
Jordan to buy 50 million m3 of water from Israel

AMMAN, Jordan

Jordan and Israel signed an agreement on Tuesday, which will see the Arab nation purchasing 50 million cubic meters of water from Tel Aviv, according to state media.

The water deal is an additional amount to what was stipulated in the peace agreement signed between the two countries in 1994.

"An agreement was 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 quantities stipulated in the deal," the state-run Al-Mamlaka TV said, citing unnamed sources in the Jordanian Ministry of Water.

The sources noted that specialized technical committees on both sides met Tuesday in the presence of the two countries’ water ministers. The place of the meeting was not mentioned.

Both Jordan and Israel are yet to make official statements on the agreement.

Jordan currently stands second in the list of the world’s water-poorest countries, according to the global water index.

In July, Amman and Tel Aviv said they had reached a deal that will see the latter sell an additional 50 million cubic meters of water annually to its neighbor following a meeting between their respective foreign affairs ministers.

Jordan has for five years been requesting an annual allocation of 50 million cubic meters, according to The Jerusalem Post newspaper.

Relations between Amman and Tel Aviv have been frosty during the era of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

*Writing by Ibrahim Mukhtar

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