Israel plans to link its ports to Saudi Arabia
20:22 - 15/01/2018
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The Israeli government has agreed to allocate NIS 15 million to implement the railway project from Israel to a border crossing in Jordan, but the plan of Transport Minister Yisrael Katz aspires to connect the Haifa port to Saudi Arabia.
The decision calls for the allocation of 15 million shekels (4.4 million dollars) of the budget for 2019, to implement the project of the railway from the Israeli city of Besan to the Jordanian Sheikh Hussein crossing on the border with Israel, to transport passengers and cargo trains instead of using trucks.
This project is intended to reduce the pressure on roads connecting the Israeli ports on the Mediterranean coast, especially Haifa and Ashdod, and between Jordan. In addition, the plan's owner aspires to connect Israeli ports with other countries in the region, such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in the future.
"The railway will be used as a regional transport corridor between Europe and the Middle East, linking it to the Mediterranean Sea, and will serve as a bridge of peace," Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said in response to the project.
"My vision of linking Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and Jordan to the port of Haifa and the Mediterranean will make Israel a shipping hub and boost Israel's economy. And this is a realistic vision I offer in partnership with the US government and international bodies concerned. "