Israel and Jordan have agreed to build a joint airport near the countries' borders near the Red Sea ports of Eilat and Aqaba that will be operational next year, the Israelis say.
"The heads of the two countries' transportation ministries met this week in Amman and agreed that the new airport be operating for next year, in time for the 2001 tourist season," the Israeli cabinet office said in a release.
The airport will have two terminals, one on Israeli territory, the other on Jordanian, the release said.
Project organizers hope to complete the Jordanian terminal within a year and let the Israelis use it until Israel's terminal is completed.
The Israeli-Jordan peace treaty of October 1994 called for the creation of such a joint airport to serve southern Jordan and the Israeli community of Eilat.
According to the Israeli release, Jordan's King Abdullah II considered the airport during an April 23 visit to Eilat, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who is serving as interim transportation minister -- OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP)
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