Israel and Jordan sign 'historic' agreement on water

Worth EUR 780 mln; to share water from planned desalinization

27 February, 18:00

    Marza Ayed, Aqaba, Jordan Marza Ayed, Aqaba, Jordan

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, FEBRUARY 27 - Israel and Jordan have signed a 'historic' bilateral agreement for water exchange. The agreement, worth an estimated 780 million euros, will make it possible for the two countries to share drinking water produced in planned desalinization facilities in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba, while a conduit will provide salty water to the Dead Sea. In exchange for its portion of desalinized water in the south, Israel will double its water supply to the Jordan River starting at Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee). The agreement was the result of a December 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed in Washington DC. It was made official by the ministers Silvan Shalom and Hazim Al-Naser. (ANSAmed).

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