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Egypt, Jordan and Iraq discuss 'strengthening economic ties'

March 26, 2019 at 5:37 am

AMMAN, JORDAN – MAY 21: In this handout photo provided by the Jordanian Royal Court, Jordan’s king Abdullah II receives the president of Egypt Abdel- Fattah Al Sisi, on May 21, 2015 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo by Royal Jordanian Court via Getty Images)


Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi yesterday met in a three-way summit which was held in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

The tripartite meeting discussed a number of topics of common interest, including “strengthening economic ties between the three countries, promoting joint industrial zones, and cooperation in the energy, infrastructure and reconstruction sectors, and other development sectors.” The meeting also tackled the subjects of “increasing trade exchange, promoting joint investments and developing cultural cooperation relations” between the three Arab countries.

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The three leaders agreed “to set up a working group to follow-up on the implementation of the summit output and coordinate on the three nations’ economic, developmental, political, security and cultural cooperation.” They also agreed to hold “regular trilateral meetings to coordinate their positions and policies in the best interests of their people and in the pursuit of economic prosperity.”

In addition, the joint meeting shed a light on a number of regional issues, including combatting terrorism and the Palestinian cause.

The meeting comes ahead of the annual Arab League Summit due on 31 March in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.