PM partakes in meeting on Jordan-Iraq ties

Dead Sea, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said Saturday that His Majesty King Abdullah’s recent visit to Iraq, the first by an Arab leader to the country under the new Iraqi government, opened wide scopes for joint cooperation between the two “brotherly” countries.

In a discussion organized by Capital Bank on cooperation with Iraq under the slogan “toward a constructive partnership for the future”, Razzaz said that a meeting he held on February 2 with his Iraqi counterpart Adel Abdul Mahdi on the Jordanian-Iraqi border was a historic encounter, where the two sides fully agreed on cooperation prospects and to seriously look for a complimentary relationship between the two neighboring countries.

He told the meeting, held at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Dead Sea, that Jordan and Iraq had agreed to set a timetable for the implementation of the agreements and commitments they signed, including opening border crossings and in the fields of transportation, energy, agriculture, health and reconstruction.

“We continually follow up on these matters and will address any obstacles that may arise in the future,” said Razzaz, expressing his confidence that an industrial zone that the two countries agreed to set up in the border area constitutes a model for real bilateral cooperation.

He also said his government had further eased visa restrictions for Iraqis.

Razzaz also backed a proposal made during the session by the Iraqi Doctors Association President to launch joint investments in the health sector inside Iraq, urging the Jordanian medical sector to explore prospects to build hospitals and launch pharmaceutical factories and laboratories.

Capital Bank Board Chairman Bassem Al-Salem referred to the significant developments that took place in the Jordanian-Iraqi relations in the past days, which culminated in the signing of a series of trade and economic agreements to build a balanced partnership between them.

Source: Jordan News Agency