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Israel PM visits Jordan for talks with King Abdullah 

July 9, 2021 at 9:26 am

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 27, 2021 [MAYA ALLERUZZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Jordan’s King Abdullah II yesterday received Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at his residence in the country’s capital Amman to discuss regional developments.

An official source told Israel’s Walla that Bennett had stressed on his country’s “readiness to double its supply of water to Jordan.” The official added the meeting was “very positive”, noting that it would open a “new era in the relations between the two countries.”

The source pointed out that the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, had also met with his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, to discuss mutual ties between the two countries. He explained that the two ministers had signed an agreement, under which Israel would sell 50 million cubic meters of additional water to Jordan this year.

“The Kingdom of Jordan is an important neighbour and partner,” Lapid was quoted in the meeting by Reuters as saying. He added that the two countries would “broaden economic cooperation.”

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.

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