SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday and will visit this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a seven-day trade mission in the Middle East.

Utah businesses export computers and other electronics, as well as machinery, transportation equipment, chemicals and fabricated metal products to those countries.

The United States has a Fair Trade Agreement with Jordan and Israel, both of which have strong science and technology sectors that align with Utah’s emphasis in those arenas. Israel is also a global center for high-tech design, research and development, which could provide Utah’s Silicon Slopes opportunities to collaborate.

“These trade missions allow us to explore beyond our boundaries and to create new economic opportunities for the state of Utah,” said Ben Hart, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Read More……