Jerusalem, 25 November 1997

JAPAN PREPARED TO PARTICIPATE IN ISRAELI-JORDANIAN DESALINATION PROJECT

AFTER AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH FM LEVY

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Foreign Minister David Levy met today (Tuesday), 25.11.97, in his Jerusalem office, with Mr. Kawashima, Japan’s Ambassador to Israel. Foreign Minister Levy requested that Japan participate in desalination plants in coordination with Israel and Jordan. Foreign Minister Levy emphasized that Israel’s assistance to Jordan vis-a-vis the resolution of its water scarcity problems is an element in the good relationship between the two countries.

Ambassador Shibuya expressed his country’s readiness to participate in a project of this type as part of Japan’s special interest in regional projects and its interest in aiding the peace process.

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25 November 1997

ISRAELI AND JORDANIAN RESCUE TEAMS HOLD JOINT EXERCISES

(Communicated by Defense Minister’s Media Advisor)

Israeli and Jordanian Naval Search and Rescue teams, today, Tuesday, 25.11.97, held joint exercises in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba. During the exercises, the Israeli and Jordanian forces practiced administering aid to survivors and small craft in each others’ territorial waters.

The joint exercise’s purpose was to crystallize methods of cooperation in order to strengthen the preparedness of the forces in the event of a civilian or tourist maritime tragedy in the Gulf of Eilat.