Minister of Water and Irrigation Discusses Cooperation with Saudi Counterpart

Minister of Water and Irrigation Discusses Cooperation with Saudi Counterpart
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AMMAN Minister of Water and Irrigation, Raed Abu Al Saud, discussed areas of mutual cooperation and coordinated efforts on Arab water issues of common interest with Saudi Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Alfadley, according to a statement by the Ministry of Water on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

According to Al-Mamlaka Tv, the discussion took place on the sidelines of the 15th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council and the 5th Arab Water Conference held in Riyadh.

Both ministers explored ways to enhance water relations between the two countries and exchanged experiences to address challenges facing the Arab region, particularly in areas of water resource scarcity and addressing the impacts of climate change. They discussed boosting cooperation in non-conventional water resources usage, such as water desalination and the reuse of treated water for various purposes.

Abu Al Saud emphasized the deep strategic relations between the two countries, stating that Jordanian-Saudi cooperation in water areas is a key element in developing common Arab cooperation in water, environment, agriculture, and climate, aiming for an Arab water reality that is secure, comfortable, and establishing mechanisms to enhance strong trust and mutual cooperation in Arab water management.

He emphasized the importance of the water issue as a crucial element in Arab water security, praising Saudi Arabia's efforts in making this conference successful, discussing the future vision to achieve sustainable water security in the Arab world, adopting a long-term roadmap for achieving sustainable Arab water resources development and management, and exchanging experiences to tackle water challenges.

Abu Al Saud lauded Saudi Arabia's initiative in establishing the World Water Organization, aiming to develop and integrate the efforts of countries and organizations to address water challenges through the exchange and promotion of technical experiences, innovations, research, development, and working on providing funding for priority projects to ensure the sustainability of water resources and improve their management.

He acknowledged Jordan's efforts in facing water scarcity challenges amidst population growth, climate changes, and the presence of hundreds of thousands of refugees. Jordan has pioneered in water reuse according to international standards for various purposes and provided quality drinking water in sustainable quantities. The Minister highlighted Jordan's efforts to enhance water supply efficiency, secure sustainable water sources, reduce losses, enhance irrigation water efficiency, and implement the strategic water plan for 2023-2040.

In response, Alfadley emphasized the importance of strategic relations between the two countries and the need to increase areas of mutual cooperation. He praised the efforts made to secure water needs in Jordan and find sustainable water solutions.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 15th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council, attended by Arab ministers of water and water resources, delegations from those countries, and representatives of Arab and regional organizations, experts, and specialists. The goal was to enhance mutual cooperation among Arab countries discussing the possibility of implementing the executive plan for the Arab Water Security Strategy in the region, facing challenges and future requirements for sustainable development, and monitoring the Sustainable Development Plan 2030, particularly concerning the water sector in the Arab region and achieving the sixth goal of sustainable development.

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