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Jordan Calls For Bids For Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal

AMMAN (AFP) –  Jordan on Tuesday launched a call for tenders for the construction of a canal linking the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea for a project aimed at battling regional shortages.

The ambitious project has been in the works for more than a decade and aims to provide much-needed water to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

It moved closer to reality in December 2013 when Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed a water-sharing deal.

In February, Israel and Jordan took a further step by signing an agreement to build a pipeline linking the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

Experts have warned that the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest body of water in the world, is on course to dry out by 2050.

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