Jordan PM visits Iraq to boost bilateral ties, cooperation

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BAGHDAD, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh arrived on Thursday in Iraq's capital Baghdad and held talks with top Iraqi leaders to boost bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields.

A statement by the media office of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said al-Kadhimi held a meeting with Al-Khasawneh over cooperation between the two countries to boost bilateral relations.

In a joint statement issued after a series of meetings, the two sides highlighted the importance of continuing to enhance coordination and make full use of the capabilities available in both countries in all economic, investment, and trade fields.

They also underlined continued work to solve the regional crises to achieve security and stability, reaffirmed condemnation of all forms of terrorism, and vowed to continue combating it.

In the energy field, Jordan and Iraq agreed on required amendments to renew their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for another year for Jordan to continue to import crude oil from Iraq.

The two countries also agreed to complete the talks to reach an agreement on building the oil pipeline from Iraq's oil hub of Basra to Jordan's port of Aqaba.

At the end of the meeting between the two prime ministers, the two sides signed two MoUs in the fields of health, higher education, and government scientific research, according to the joint statement.

A separate statement by the Iraqi Presidency said Iraqi President Barham Salih met with al-Khasawneh in the presidential palace, where Salih expressed Iraq's aspiration to raise the level of cooperation with Jordan in all fields.

Al-Khasawneh also met with Iraqi parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, official Iraqi News Agency reported. Enditem

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