Jordanian and Iraqi officials meet to enhance bilateral cooperation

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AMMAN — Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply and Labor Yousef Shamali and an accompanying delegation met with a number of Iraqi ministers and officials on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance joint cooperation in multiple fields. اضافة اعلان

The meeting was held in the capital city of Baghdad as part of the 29th joint Jordanian-Iraqi committee, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Shamali, who is leading a high-level delegation from the public and private sectors in the talks, emphasized the importance of implementing multiple projects to strengthen bilateral cooperation especially in the areas of economics, labor, and in projects to establish economic estate, launch electrical interconnection, and build oil pipeline.

In the capital Baghdad, Shamali met Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil, Hayan Abdul-Ghani, Minister of Industry and Minerals, Khaled Al-Battal, head of the Iraqi side in the Iraqi-Jordanian joint committee talks, and Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Ahmed Al-Asadi.

Earlier this morning, Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani received Shamali and the accompanying delegation.

Common interestShamali signed a cooperation agreement with the Iraqi minister of labor Asadi in the field of labor, vocational training and social development.

The two sides expressed a common interest in removing obstacles in joint trade and promoting the private sector to take advantage of the available opportunities in both countries.

The volume of Jordan-Iraq trade exchange in the first 10 months of 2022 was JD645 million, which represents a 7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021, according to official data.

Shamali highlighted the significance of maintaining joint action to increase trade volume, establish investments in both countries, exchange expertise, and cooperate in the labor and vocational training fields.

Regional collaborationThe two countries' governments are working with "utmost seriousness" in coordination with the Egyptian side to complete implementation of the outcomes of the tripartite summits, especially in achieving industrial integration and promoting food security, according to Shamali.

More than 100 Jordanian businesspeople and their Iraqi counterparts are participating in the business talks, which are being held on the sidelines of the committee's discussions.

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