Jordan is trying to persuade neighboring Israel to secure the return of 150 tons of Israeli toxic waste it has been holding since August, a press report said Sunday, quoting trade and industry minister Wassef Azar.
Nine truckloads of the waste are still held up on the Sheikh Hussein bridge linking the two countries across the Jordan river as talks continue at various levels, Azar said, according to the daily Al Arab Al Yawm.
No comment was available from the Israeli embassy in Jordan on the dispute, which began in August when an Israeli contractor convinced Jordanian truck drivers to transport what he said were basic materials for building a fictitious paint works in Jordan.
Azar said that with the aid of false documents the businessman had gotten the trucks past the Jordanian border when authorities discovered what they were really carrying.
"We will not allow anyone to turn Jordan into a waste dump," he added – AMMAN (AFP)
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