Jordan and Egypt pledge to improve ties with Baghdad

Jordan and Egypt pledge to improve ties with Baghdad
Jordan's economy is expected to expand by 3.6 per cent in 2021, according to the International Monetary Fund. Courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Jordan and Egypt pledged on Tuesday to strengthen ties with Iraq and support Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi in Baghdad as he tries to assert his authority.

Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh said that a summit between the leaders of Jordan, Egypt and Iraq will be soon convened to “deepen economic and trade co-operation between the three countries”.

Jordan and Cairo aim to build joint oil and gas projects with Iraq and remove obstacles to free trade, he said after meeting Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Amman.

Mr Al Khasawneh said ties between the three countries will be “elevated to a new horizon”.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi sought to establish a political axis with Mr Kadhimi at a summit in Amman in August, three months after he took office.