Jordan, Iraq agree to increase cooperation, implement vital projects according to timetable

Baghdad, Jordan and Iraq, on Saturday, agreed to increase the joint cooperation and start taking practical actions to implement vital projects that serve the interests of both countries and peoples according to a specific timetable as of February.

The projects, which will be implemented as of February 2, 2019, included reopening the Al Karama-Treibil border crossing according to a mechanism that allows trucks to pass from their starting points to their final destination in the Iraqi and Jordanian cities without unloading their cargo, which contributes to facilitating the procedures and reducing costs to traders and exporters.

Both sides agreed to set up a joint Jordanian-Iraqi industrial zone on the Jordanian-Iraqi border that would contribute to supporting the industry in both countries, in addition to exempting a number of Jordanian goods exported to Iraq from customs, and adopting the port of Aqaba for export and importation of Iraqi products.

The two sides also stressed the importance of moving ahead with the implementation of the oil pipeline project from Iraq to Aqaba and providing Jordan with part of its oil needs as well as the electricity linkage between the two countries.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and his Iraqi counterpart Adel Abdul-Mahdi lauded the strategic relations between Jordan and Iraq and their keenness to improve the level of cooperation and coordination in the economic, political and trade fields.

They also stressed the need for the two countries to adopt a common policy and positions to face regional challenges.

Source: Jordan News Agency