Jordan, Egypt, Iraq hold meeting within trilateral cooperation mechanism

[07-12-2022 12:44 PM]

Ammon News - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate, Ayman Safadi, Iraq's counterpart , Dr. Fouad Hussein, and Egypt's FM, Sameh Shoukry, on Wednesday held a tripartite meeting.

During the talks, the ministers affirmed intensified efforts to deepen joint cooperation in the context of the tripartite collaboration mechanism to serve the three countries' interests and contribute to strengthening joint Arab action, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

The ministers also stressed the importance of the tripartite cooperation mechanism by activating collaboration in multiple vital sectors to build on the three countries' "historic" relations and achieve economic integration to achieve common benefits.

The ministers agreed to meet in Baghdad soon, and hold sectorial discussions to go over the economic projects that were agreed upon, and ensure progress in their implementation, in preparation for the summit talks scheduled to be hosted by Egypt next year.

In a joint statement following the meeting, the ministers agreed to maintain "institutional" communication to follow up on implementation of the trilaterally agreed upon projects and coordinate future steps to ensure "greater" momentum in this regard.

The ministers also agreed to hold upcoming meetings in preparation for the fourth summit in Egypt within the framework of the tripartite cooperation mechanism next year.

Reviewing various cooperation areas, the FMs stressed the need to activate joint collaboration and accomplish what was previously agreed upon.

Discussing many Arab issues, the Palestinian issue at the forefront, the ministers stressed the continued action, coordination and consultation in efforts to resolve regional crises and serve Arab issues and interests, in a way that achieves the region's security and stability.

The statement affirmed Jordan's and and Egypt's "full" support to Iraq, adding that its security, stability and sovereignty is a pillar for the region's security and stability.

In a joint press conference following the meeting, Safadi said the tripartite mechanism was launched mainly to build on the three countries' common interests, aimed to working jointly and "productively" to increase cooperation.

The mechanism also seeks to push the joint endeavor to increase regional cooperation and present it as a model, he said.

Safadi added: "We proceed from a firm conviction that our joint action serves common interests and constitutes necessary steps to activate and deepen cooperation in various fields."

The three countries also agreed on multiple projects over the past years, and work is underway to ensure their implementation, he noted.

Today's meeting comes to affirm Jordan's and Egypt's "firm" support to Iraq and its security, stability and sovereignty, as a pillar for the region's security and a necessity to maintain regional stability, Safadi pointed out.

Referring to Iraq's "great historic" victory over ISIS gangs, he noted its start of the process of rebuilding and reconstruction steadily and clearly.

This achievement is demonstrated in success of Iraq's political process and formation of the new Iraqi government, which Jordan looks forward to working with to push joint action and enhance cooperation, he noted.

The meeting went over regional issues, and focused on the Palestinian cause , the first central issue, and joint efforts to resolve regional crises and achieve the region's security and stability, within the framework of the process of continuous consultation and coordination between the three countries, Safadi said.

The tripartite cooperation mechanism, he noted, is "open to all other Arab countries," which view action within its framework as beneficial to their nations.

"We are continuing our cooperation, and continuing our systematic practical institutional work to serve common interests," he said, adding that the mechanism aims to serve and revive common interests and joint Arab action.

Responding to a question, Safadi said work on implementing the trilateral projects is "ongoing", adding that multiple steps were accomplished with regard to their legislative structure, as agreements have been signed for the Jordanian-Iraqi economic estate project and electric connection.

In this regard, he said Jordan-Egypt power interconnection is "existing," meanwhile Jordan and Iraq hve launched work on a similar project.

On the commercial and economic level, multiple agreements have been signed and their implementation has begun, adding that work is ongoing and achievement is continuing.

However, he noted political and regional circumstances impeded trade cooperation to proceed with the required speed.

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