Israel and Jordan Begin to Implement Second Stage of Water Agreement

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
May 27, 1997

In a ceremony held on May 27, King Hussein of Jordan marked the beginning of the second stage of the Israel – Jordan water agreement, in accordance with which Israel has begun to supply Jordan with 3000 cubic meters of water per hour.

The ceremony was also attended by Jordan’s Prime-Minister, Foreign Minister and high-ranking officials, as well as by the American, Russian and Japanese ambassadors to Jordan. Israel was represented by its Charge D’Affaires to Jordan, Ya’acov Rosen.

During the ceremony, King Hussein praised Israel’s Prime Minister, Minister of National Infrastructures and Water Commissioner for their actions and their understanding of Jordan’s water problems. The timing of the agreement’s implementation – the beginning of summer and of the particularly harsh Jordanian dry season – also contributed to the sense of satisfaction.

Israel’s Charge D’Affaires, Yaacov Rosen, emphasised in his interviews to the Jordanian media and Dubai television that this event is only one aspect of the two countries’ ongoing relationship, also mentioning the talks being conducted with regard to the Aqaba – Eilat airport.