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U.S., Israel Renew Pact to Enhance Scientific and Environmental Cooperation


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On Oct. 18, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer renewed an enhanced agreement between the two nations to advance bilateral collaboration on mutually beneficial scientific and environmental issues.

“Today, we are renewing and fortifying our longstanding partnership with Israel to promote bilateral cooperation on important environmental issues,” said Acting Administrator Wheeler.

The EPA and Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection have already joined forces on a myriad of issues. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) builds on existing bilateral agreements to enhance joint cooperation in new areas of environmental and scientific study, as well as in the promotion of regional and multilateral initiatives.

“This agreement enables the United States and Israel to deepen our partnership and address critical environmental challenges together," said Ambassador Ron Dermer. "I am confident that when we combine Israeli technology and expertise with American technology and global reach, there is no challenge that we cannot overcome.”

The new MOU was reached ahead of the U.S.-Israel Joint Economic and Development Group, the premier platform for U.S.-Israel bilateral economic dialogue, which will be held in Jerusalem on Oct. 22.


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