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Economy ministers of Israel, Jordan meet for first time in decade to boost ties

Israel’s Economy Minister Orna Barbivai and her Jordanian counterpart Yousef Alshamali meet in Jordan, the first such meeting in a decade.

The two discuss “a variety of ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries,” including renewing the countries’ trade agreement, tourism and more.

They also sign a deal to allow greater numbers of exports to the Palestinian Authority including construction materials, fabrics, electronics and more.

“The trade benefits agreed upon today between the Israeli government and Jordan are an important dimension in the strengthening of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” Barbivai says. “Deepening civilian and economic ties contributes to bilateral relations, national security, and the protection of Israel’s longest and most quiet border.”

Economy Minister Orna Barbivai and Jordan’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yousef Alshamali meet in Jordan, November 3, 2021 (Yossi Ipregan, GPO)

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