In Call With King Abdullah, President Herzog Vows to 'Work on Strengthening' Israel-Jordan Ties

According to a statement by the Israel's new president, the Jordanian king called to congratulate him for taking office, in another sign of closer ties after years of strained bilateral relations

Michael Hauser Tov
Michael Hauser Tov
Israel's President Isaac Herzog (L) and Jordan's King Abdullah (R)
Israel's President Isaac Herzog (L) and Jordan's King Abdullah (R) Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg, AHMAD AL-RUBAYE - AFP
Michael Hauser Tov
Michael Hauser Tov

Israel's president spoke on Saturday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and the two agreed advance cooperation between the countries, a statement from President Issac Herzog's office said, in a sign of rapprochement following two high-level meetings over the past days.

Abdullah, according to the statement, called to congratulate Herzog for assuming office on Wednesday. Herzog thanked King Abdullah and said he will work to strengthen economic and tourism ties between Israel and Jordan.

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Herzog also "emphasized the importance of the strategic relations between our countries, which will benefit peace and regional cooperation."

Last week, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett secretly met with Jordan’s King Abdullah, the first meeting between an Israeli prime minister and the Jordanian king after years of strained ties between the two countries.

During their meeting in Amman, first reported Thursday by Israel’s Walla news website, the two leaders agreed to turn over a new leaf in Israeli-Jordanian relations.

Also last week, Israel and Jordan signed a water deal, according to which Amman will purchase an additional 50 million cubic meters of water from Jerusalem and increase its exports to the West Bank from $160 million a year to around $700 million.

The agreements, concluded during a meeting between the countries' foreign ministers at the King Hussein Bridge between Jordan and the West Bank, signaled improved relations between Jordan and Israel's new government.

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