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Jordan, Israel to Open Red Sea Consulates

In an effort to promote tourism and facilitate trade, the Hashemite kingdom and the Jewish state plan to open consulates in the Red Sea towns of Eilat, Israel, and Aqaba, Jordan, respectively.

The decision was made by joint committees formed under the 1994 peace treaty between the two nations.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Amman said additional measures were being considered, including free, one-day visas for tourists.

Meanwhile, Israeli President Ezer Weizman plans to travel next week to Amman to meet with King Hussein.

The visit was to have taken place two weeks ago, but it was postponed at the request of Weizman, who at the time thought that the talks between Israel and the Palestinians were on the verge of a conclusion.

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