Egypt, Jordan and Iraq agree to intensify coordination amid current regional challenges

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Dec 2022

Leaders of Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan discussed on Tuesday intensifying consultations and coordination on political developments in the region amid current unprecedented regional challenges that pose a threat to the security of the Arab World and the Middle East.

Egypt, Iraq, Jordan

 

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani held a tripartite summit at the Dead Sea in Jordan on the sidelines of the second Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady in a statement.

The summit discussed means of enhancing tripartite cooperation between the three countries in various fields within the context of the historical and brotherly relations that bind them, said the statement.

Furthermore, the leaders highlighted on Tuesday the need for expediting the implementation of their joint projects and for removing obstacles facing them, Jordanian official news agency Petra reported.

The leaders discussed means of boosting cooperation and coordination between the three countries as part of their tripartite cooperation mechanism.

The leaders also affirmed the importance of sustaining mechanisms that would enable ministers and officials from the three countries to follow up on joint projects – especially power linkage, energy, and food security projects – to achieve regional integrity.

Reaching peace for the Palestinian cause

Separately, El-Sisi and King Abdullah held a meeting today on the sidelines of the conference, where they discussed regional developments, especially the Palestinian cause, reported Petra.

El-Sisi and the Jordanian king stressed the need to find a political horizon to bring about fair and comprehensive peace on the basis of the two-state solution.

They also highlighted the necessity to support the Palestinian National Authority.

El-Sisi delivered today a speech at the Baghdad conference, during which he hailed the tripartite mechanism of cooperation with Jordan and Iraq as an example of frameworks for joint Arab action and integration.

Boosting trilateral cooperation

The leaders of the three countries have held five summits, including today's summit, since 2019 to discuss implementing tripartite strategic projects.

In addition, the three leaders held a summit along with UAE and Bahrain in Egypt's New Alamein city last August and another with UAE in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba in March to enhance inter-Arab partnerships.

Since 2019, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq have also held a series of periodic meetings.

The three countries have embarked on a number of vital joint projects, including the power linkage project between the three countries and an industrial city on the Iraqi-Jordanian border both of which are nearing completion.

 

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