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Iraq’s unity, stability a Jordanian interest — King

His Majesty meets with Iraqi president, Kurdistan region president

By JT - May 18,2017 - Last updated at May 18,2017

His Majesty King Abdullah receives Iraqi President Fuad Massoum ahead of their meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah and Iraqi President Fuad Massoum on Thursday discussed the "deep-rooted" relations between the two countries, the latest developments in Iraq and current regional issues.

During their meeting, held at Al Husseiniya Palace, His Majesty and Massoum reaffirmed the solid relations between Jordan and Iraq and highlighted the importance of increasing cooperation and coordination at all levels, especially in the political, economic and security fields, according to a Royal Court statement.

King Abdullah said that Jordan and Iraq share the same position in the war against terrorism, reiterating that Iraq’s unity, stability and progress are in the best interest of Jordan. 

Both leaders underscored the importance of providing security at border crossings and on the international road linking both countries, in addition to speeding up the implementation of the Basra-Aqaba oil pipeline.

Massoum said that the oil and gas pipeline was strategically important for Iraq and Jordan, noting that intensive work is under way to re-open the international road with Jordan, describing it as a “priority” for his country.

Talks also focused on the military achievements of the Iraqi government in its war against Daesh, as well as efforts exerted towards achieving national reconciliation that includes all components of the Iraqi people.

Massoum outlined the advancements made on the ground in fighting Daesh and freeing the swathes of land previously controlled by the terror organisation, stressing that all Iraqis are working together to defeat Daesh. 

The two leaders highlighted the importance of intensifying regional and international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, stressing the need for continuous coordination and consultation among all stakeholders within a holistic strategy. 

Massoum, who arrived in Amman earlier in the day to take part in the World Economic Forum (WEF), slated for May 19-21, called on all Arabs to stand by and support Iraq, and praised the Kingdom’s efforts at maintaining the stability  of Iraq.

Senior officials from both countries attended the talks.

Massoum met later with Senate President Faisal Al Fayez, who reiterated Jordan’s solidarity with Iraq as it fights terrorists.  

Also on Thursday, King Abdullah and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani highlighted the historical Jordanian-Iraqi ties and expressed keenness on developing them in a way that serves mutual interests. 

His Majesty and Barzani, who is also scheduled to participate in WEF, went over means to increase cooperation between Jordan and Kurdistan, especially in the economic and investment fields, according to the Royal Court.

King Abdullah highlighted Jordan’s support for efforts to enhance Iraq’s peace and security and reach concord among all Iraqi political factions.

 

For his part, Barzani expressed keenness to better cooperation with the Kingdom in various sectors, expressing appreciation for Jordan’s support for the Iraqi people.

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