Jordan renews support for Iraq as terror threat resurfacing

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi (center left) and the First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi meet in Amman on Wednesday. (Photo: Petra)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi (center left) and the First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi meet in Amman on Wednesday. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Jordan on Wednesday renewed its support for Iraq’s anti-terror efforts as the two sides met to follow up on a recent summit at the leaders’ level last month.اضافة اعلان

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, discussed Wednesday with an Iraqi parliamentary delegation headed by the First Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Hassan Al-Kaabi, ways to strengthen brotherly relations to "broader" horizons of cooperation and coordination in various fields to serve common interests, which would achieve visions of the two countries' leaderships, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Safadi stressed the importance of building on the outcomes of the tripartite summit held last June in Baghdad and brought together leaders of Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt, within a joint cooperation mechanism.

Safadi affirmed the Kingdom's "firm" position to support Iraq in bolstering its security and stability, consolidating the "remarkable" victory Bagdad has achieved against terror gangs, and supporting it in the reconstruction process.

Iraq, he said, is a pillar of security and stability in the region and has a "major" role in enhancing regional security and stability.

Petra also reported that President of Iraq Barham Salih on Wednesday warned against threats from the ISIS to northern Iraq.

"We must be vigilant and careful of remnants of the Daesh terrorist organization that seeks to destabilize security and stability from time to time." said Salih in a meeting with Iraqis from the northern parts of the country.

He said the country has no other option other than fighting terror through promoting coexistence, highlighting that Daesh, using the Arabic acronym of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is trying to sew discord between different ethnic groups.

In Amman, the Iraqi parliamentary delegation, for their part, lauded the Kingdom's "firm" stances in supporting Iraq and the joint continuous cooperation and coordination.

The Iraqi lawmakers also affirmed their country's keenness to enhance joint cooperation and develop brotherly relations in various fields within the tripartite cooperation mechanism and maintain consultation and coordination on challenges to serve common interests.

In Baghdad Summit’s communique, the three countries agreed expressed support for each other regarding high-profile issue concerning each partner, such as the terror threat in Iraq, the Ethiopian Dam for Egypt and Jerusalem for Jordan.

In the economic sphere, they agreed on "measures to translate the strategic relations among the three countries into tangible impact on the ground." They agreed to increase the volume of trade exchange and strengthen cooperation in the fields of health, industry, and pharmaceuticals. The leaders name mega projects to serve the interests of the three nations, including taking the necessary measures to start building the joint Iraqi-Jordanian economic estate project, enhancing the electricity interconnection project and exchanging power among the three countries, linking gas conveyance networks between Iraq and Egypt via Jordan, and providing an outlet to facilitate Iraqi oil exports through Jordan by extending the Basra–Aqaba pipeline, among others.

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