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Planned mid-East rail network to exclude Israel until Palestinian situation is resolved

February 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

The proposed rail network across the Middle East will not include Israel unless the Palestinian issue is resolved, according to Jordan’s Minister of Transport. Muhannad Al Qudah said that the project will include Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia as well as the Jordanian port of Aqaba, but not Israel at the moment.

The Israeli Ministry of Transportation has submitted an official tender to construct parts of the Hijazi railway line connecting Haifa in Israel-Palestine with Irbid in Jordan, via the town of Beit She’an in the Jordan Valley. This line will be linked to the railway network in Israel.

Jordanian sources also report that a meeting between Jordan and Israel will be held on Monday 14th at the King Hussein Bridge in the Jordan Valley, to discuss issues of mutual interest, including the Jordanian-Israeli agricultural committees.