World Bulletin / News Desk
Jordan is still considering a proposal to buy more water from Israel, an official said, dismissing Israeli media reports that his country had already contacted the Israeli government for a deal to that effect.
The purchase "is still being considered and studied," Saad Abu Hamour, Jordanian head of the Jordanian-Israeli water committee, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Israeli financial newspaper TheMarker said that both Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are seeking to buy Israel’s excess desalinated water.
According to the paper, Jordan seeks to purchase more 10 to 20 million cubic meters of water a year, mainly to meet the needs of Syrian refugees who had fled the conflict in their country to the neighboring kingdom.
According to official figures, around 1.3 million Syrians took refuge in Jordan since the conflict broke out in their country three years ago.
Abu Hamour admitted that his country was considering such a move, citing "growing pressures" by the refugees in the northern provinces.
Jordan needs 10-15 million cubic of water to meet the growing demands of the four northern provinces, he added.
As part of a 1994 peace agreement between Israel and Jordan, the former supplies the latter with 50 million cubic meters of water every year.Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2014, 09:51