Egyptian, Jordanian PMs to chair 30th joint higher committee on Monday

Ahram Online , MENA , Sunday 20 Feb 2022

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and his Jordanian counterpart, Bisher Al-Khasawneh, will chair the 30th joint higher committee meeting on Monday, the Egyptian cabinet said.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly (R) receives his Jordanian counterpart, Bisher Al-Khasawneh in the Cabinet headquarters in Cairo, 20 February 2022. Egyptian Cabinet

Al-Khasawneh is leading a ministerial delegation on an official visit to Egypt, accompanied by the Jordanian ministers of transport, energy, finance, social development, trade and industry.

Madbouly received Al-Khasawneh on Sunday, where they discussed bilateral cooperation and regional issues of mutual concern.

During the joint higher committee meeting on Monday, the premiers will witness the signing of a number of cooperation programs and protocols in the fields of higher education, scientific research, agricultural quarantine, logistics and youth affairs, the cabinet said.

In October last year, Madbouly met received Al-Khasawneh in the first visit by a foreign official to the new cabinet headquarters in the New Administrative Capital (NAC).

During the meeting, Al-Khasawneh said Jordan seeks to benefit from the Egyptian mega infrastructure projects, especially the construction of the new big roads and axes leading to the NAC.

In press remarks during his October visit, Al-Khasawneh said Jordan and Egypt share priorities in development and economic coordination.

The two countries also have strategic interests in cooperation with Iraq through trilateral summits which started in Cairo.

Since March 2019, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq have held four trilateral summits - the latest in June in Baghdad -  to promote cooperation mechanisms and reinforce political consultation on regional issues.

On cooperation in the oil field, the Jordanian premier said “some strategic projects have already been determined,” including an oil pipeline which will stretch from Iraq to Jordan and then to Egypt, as well as an industrial zone that will be established on the Jordan-Iraq border soon, which will also have benefits for Egypt.

Coordination also includes contracting projects, the reconstruction of Iraq, and achieving benefits for the Arab countries and their peoples, he said.

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