Syrian Water Minister Taha al-Atrash said Thursday that his country will provide Jordan with 3.5 million cubic meters (123 million cubic feet) of water this summer.
Atrash, who was speaking at a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Hatem Halawani, said the water would be pumped over the next two months.
For his part, Halawani said construction will begin soon on the Al-Wahdeh Dam on the Yarmuk River in northern Jordan, now that the availability of 80 percent of the estimated 420-million-dollar cost has been guaranteed.
Atrash arrived in Jordan on Tuesday to discuss an offer by Syrian President Bashar Assad to provide drought-stricken Jordan with water -- AMMAN (AFP)
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