Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Bisher al-Khasawneh had a meeting with Iraqi Interior Minister Othman Ghanimi and his delegation.
Interior Minister Mazen Faraiah and Iraq’s Ambassador to Jordan, Haider Al Athari, attended the meeting, the Jordanian local news agency reported.
Throughout the sitting, al-Khasawneh emphasized the deep-rooted relations between Jordan and Iraq and his eagerness to strengthen cooperation to serve the two countries’ common interests.
The prime minister referred to King Abdullah II’s continuous directives that focus on bolstering cooperation with Iraq and the Jordanian-Iraqi-Egyptian tripartite cooperation, which will serve the Arab interests.
Al-Khasawneh referred to the joint projects that are currently underway, most notably the project to extend the Iraqi oil pipeline from Basra to Aqaba to reach Egypt, the establishment of an industrial zone on the border between the countries, in addition to energy projects.
The Prime Minister reiterated Jordan’s support for Iraq’s reconstruction process, stressing that the security and stability of Iraq is integral to that of the Kingdom.
The Iraqi interior minister praised the level of security coordination between the sides. He stressed that the borders between the countries have remained stable and secure despite the challenges imposed by the presence of terrorist groups in several Iraqi regions.
Ghanimi stressed that the situation in Iraq is stable and secure, allowing for a move towards reconstruction. He expressed Iraq’s aspiration for Jordanian companies to contribute to the reconstruction process in Iraq.
He noted that authorities have completed all arrangements for holding the parliamentary elections on October 10. He stressed that the Iraqi parliamentary elections would witness the presence of international observers and international media.
Athari conveyed Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s greetings and emphasized Jordan-Iraq historical ties. He pointed to Iraq’s keenness to develop and strengthen its relations with Jordan in all fields.