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Egypt's horse exports growing now that most bans are lifted

Now that many countries no longer ban imports of Egyptian horses, the government expects the country to become a hub for investment in purebred Arabian horses.
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CAIRO — Egypt is overcoming the harm from numerous nations' longstanding bans on its horses and is once again turning into a major area for investment in purebred Arabian horses.

The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture announced Sept. 6 that Jordan has become the most recent country to lift its ban. That announcement comes a year after Egypt resumed horse exports to the European Union, shipping eight horses Aug. 7, 2017. The EU had imposed a ban in 2010 on Egyptian horse imports after a medical committee affiliated with the EU found that Egyptian horses are vaccinated against the West Nile virus. The discovery raised concerns about how widespread the disease might be in Egypt. The results also pushed Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and some other Arab nations, such as Jordan, to ban Egyptian horse imports.

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