Israel will this year double its supply of water to Jordan, Reuters reported Israeli officials saying today after a meeting between the countries' foreign ministers, adding that Amman's exports to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank could also increase.
Yair Lapid, foreign minister in a cross-partisan coalition that ousted conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government a month ago, said Israel would sell Jordan 50 million cubic metres of water this year.
An Israeli official said that would effectively double the supply for the year – measured between May 2021 and May 2022 – as around 50 million cubic metres was already being sold or given to Jordan. A Jordanian official said Israel gives the kingdom 30 million cubic metres annually under their 1994 peace treaty.
In a statement issued after he held a first meeting in Jordan with its Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, Lapid said the countries also agreed to explore increasing Jordan's exports to the West Bank to $700 million a year, from $160 million now.
"The Kingdom of Jordan is an important neighbour and partner," Lapid said. "We will broaden economic cooperation for the good of the two countries."