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Agriculture, Trade Pacts Signed

Israel and Jordan this week signed two agreements – one in agriculture, the other in trade – over the same number of days.

The agriculture agreement, signed Thursday, was the latest accord called for under the peace treaty reached between the two countries a year ago.

Agriculture Minister Yakov Tsur and his Jordanian counterpart Mansour Abu Tarif initialed the agreement, which sets limits for agricultural imports.

Tsur told Israel Radio afterward that he hoped that the accord would open the way for Israeli exports to the Persian Gulf countries.

He said he would like Israeli exports to replace European products in the Gulf region.

On Wednesday, the two nations signed a trade agreement.

At a ceremony that took place at a Dead Sea resort in Israel, Michael Harish, Israel’s trade and industry minister, said the two sides were “creating life” on the shores of the Dead Sea.

His Jordanian counterpart said the agreement was a practical approach to developing peace between the two peoples.

Under the accord, Israel will give Jordan 20 percent to 50 percent customs discounts on industrial products that come into Israel. Jordan will give a 10 percent discount on Israeli exports.

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