Jordan: Significant decline in fruit and vegetable imports from Israel

Jordan Significant decl

January 3, 2010 09:21


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There has been a significant decline in fruit and vegetable imports to Jordan from Israel, Amman has said, citing the steps taken by authorities to prevent the sale of Israeli goods produced in West Bank settlements. In remarks to A-Dustour published Sunday, Jordanian Agriculture Minister Sayid Al-Masri said a delegation of experts from his ministry visited Israel from time to time, and monitored the imported produce to ensure they did not originate in the settlements. Masri went on to tell the Jordanian paper that new regulations that obligated Jordanian merchants to label produce that comes from Israel, had led to a drop in the purchase of Israeli agricultural goods in the Hashemite kingdom. However, Masri stressed that his ministry could not officially stop imports from Israel, since the peace accord between the two countries obligated Jordan to keep to the terms set by the World Trade Organization.

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