Egypt's Sisi proposes establishing joint development projects with Iraq, Jordan

Amr Mohamed Kandil, Tuesday 25 Aug 2020

The trilateral summit addressed enhancing cooperation in all fields, especially in energy, power linkage, infrastructure and food

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on August 25, 2020, shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaking during a summit between Jordan, Iraq and Egypt in the capital Amman. AFP

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi affirmed on Tuesday Egypt's willingness to establish joint development projects with Iraq and Jordan within a strict timeframe, in a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the Jordanian capital Amman, the presidency said.

The planned projects between the three countries can have a direct and swift impact on the development process and people's lives, the statement by presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.

The trilateral summit, which is being held for the third time, addressed enhancing cooperation in all fields, Rady said, especially in energy, power linkage, infrastructure and food.

The three leaders urged fostering trilateral cooperation in terms of the economy, trade and investment with the aim of establishing strategic integration between Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

On the political level, the leaders discussed developments with regards to the Palestinian cause and affirmed their support for Palestinians’ legitimate rights in accordance with relevant international resolutions.

They also reviewed the developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, and agreed to intensify coordination to reach a comprehensive political settlement that would preserve the unity and independence of the Arab countries and end the humanitarian suffering of their peoples.

Iraq's Al-Kadhimi affirmed the need to find a political solution to crises in the region in a way that preserves the resources of nations and the national security of each country, a statement by his media office reported following the meeting.

The newly appointed prime minister also said that the Iraqi vision focuses on distancing Iraq from conflicts and achieving economic cooperation with Egypt and Jordan by developing the joint industrial zone.

Al-Kadhimi affirmed that the historic and geographical relations with Egypt and Jordan pave the way for building a base of joint economic interests that secures long-term investment partnerships and wide-scale trade exchange.

Prior to the meeting, King Abdullah II hailed Egypt's pivotal role in the region and efforts to achieve stability and counter terrorism.

Hailing the historic relations between the two countries, King Abdullah expressed willingness to continue boosting cooperation with Egypt in various fields, a statement by Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi read.

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