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Lapid Meets with Jordanian King in Amman

July 28, 2022

by: JNS

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the royal palace in Amman, Jordan

Thursday, 28 July 2022 | Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman on Wednesday, according to a statement from Lapid’s office.

During the meeting, which Lapid’s office characterized as “long and warm,” the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, as well as the recent visit to the region of US President Joe Biden and the resulting possibilities and opportunities, including the seemingly changing “regional architecture.”

Among the specific projects discussed were the Jordan Gateway Industrial Park, the construction of solar-power facilities and desalination facilities in Israel, joint tourism in the Gulf of Eilat-Aqaba, food security and agriculture and transportation links.

According to Reuters, Abdullah II told Lapid that the Palestinians should be part of US-sponsored regional economic projects geared towards fostering stability.

The report added that Jordanian officials have been pressing Jerusalem to include the Palestinians in potential water-for-energy deals that could be financed by Gulf States.

During a visit to Jordan in April by Israeli President Isaac Herzog, the Jordanian monarch proposed that the two countries set up a joint wheat reserve and food-storage center.

The proposal, which came against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, called for the setting up of joint reserves each country could draw from should it find itself in distress, and that could be expanded to include Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

Posted on July 28, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by Jewish News Syndicate on July 27, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO/jns.org

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