February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources dismissed on Sunday reports alleging that it imports natural gas from Israel, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

"There are no secret talks between Jordan and Israel to import natural gas," said the ministry in a statement.

The ministry added that the Arab Potash Company in Jordan is in talks with its Israeli counterpart to discuss the possibility to import natural gas from Israel as a cheaper alternative for fuel.

"But no agreement between the two sides has been reached in this regard so far," it added.

The ministry noted that the government has nothing do with this issue.

Jordan, which imports about 96 percent of its energy needs annually, was forced recently to import expensive heavy fuel after repeated cuts in natural gas supply from Egypt.


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