AMMAN (JT) – Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh did not discuss joint water projects with Israel in his recent meetings with Israeli officials, an official said on Tuesday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Responding to media reports and op-eds claiming that Judeh held meetings with Israeli officials that focused on implementing joint water projects, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Kayed noted that such an issue was not among the agendas of Judeh’s recent meetings with Israeli officials, including the Israeli national security adviser Uzi Arad, Petra said.

He said that Judeh’s meetings with various regional and international officials focus on a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that such diplomatic efforts ultimately serve the interests of Jordan.

Kayed was quoted by Petra as saying that it is part of the foreign ministry’s duties to receive training offers from other countries and pass such invitations to concerned departments, including a recent training course at an Israeli institute.

The official was responding to a local daily’s report criticising the participation of agriculture officials in a training course in Israel.