On Sunday, for the first in three decades, an Egyptian President has traveled to Iraq. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt has arrived in Baghdad on Sunday morning in a historic visit, ahead of a tripartite summit between his country, Iraq, and Jordan.
Egyptian, Jordanian and Iraqi leaders are set to hold a trilateral summit on the same day in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the fourth of such talks between the three countries to promote cooperation mechanisms and reinforce political consultation on issues in the region.
Bassam Rady, Egypt’s presidential spokesperson, stated that El-Sisi was received by Iraqi President Barham Salih upon his arrival in Baghdad on Sunday, on the country’s first visit to Iraq in 30 years.
Rady has expressed that the visit “reflects the strength of Egypt and Iraq’s long-standing historical relations and confirms Egypt’s desire to grow these relations towards broader prospects, in response to the common interests of the two countries and within the framework of unity.”
The spokesperson added that the new round of talks aims to “further develop what has been accomplished during the previous three summits held between the three countries, evaluate development in various fields of cooperation, and follow up on projects being implemented within the context of efforts aiming to support and deepen historical ties.”
Prior to the fourth summit, the meetings between Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan were held in Cairo in March 2019, in New York in September of the same year, and in Amman in August 2020.
A meeting will also be held between the Egyptian President and Jordan’s King Abdullah II on the reinforcement of bilateral ties, Bassam Rady added.