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Jordanian king, Iraqi PM discuss regional de-escalation

Iraqi Interim Government Finance Minister Dr. Adil Abdul-Mahdi (L) speaks while US Undersecretary of State, Economic, Business, and Agriculture Affairs Alan P. Larsen (R) listens during a press conference at Convention Center 18 September, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq [Mohammed Messara-Pool/Getty Images]

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi met with Jordanian King Abdullah II on Monday in Baghdad with whom he discussed the prospect of “joining forces” with a view to stopping regional escalations, says Anadolu Agency.

During a one-day visit to Iraq, King Abdullah met Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad to discuss bilateral ties, regional developments and “the need to unify ranks to stop escalations between various states of the region”, according to a subsequent statement released by the PM’s office.

The two leaders also reportedly stressed the importance of “supporting the Palestinian cause and safeguarding Jerusalem”.

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“Jordan is the lifeline of Iraq and vice versa,” Jordan’s official Petra news agency quoted Abdul-Mahdi as saying after the meeting.

While in the Iraqi capital, King Abdullah also met with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi, along with other Iraqi officials.

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