Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, Yarub Qudah, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi in Baghdad to discuss the development of closer ties between the two countries. Also on the agenda was the planned oil and gas pipeline from Iraq to Jordan, with a focus on accelerating the start of the project, The Jordan Times reported.
Qudah said that the two-day visit would see discussion of the reopening of the Karameh/Tureibil border crossing, the activation of the free trade agreement signed by the two countries in 2009 and came into effect in 2013, as well as using Jordanian expertise to help establish industrial estates in Iraq, according to Al Bawaba.
Iraq and Jordan have stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation in the field of oil and energy, and the need to implement a double pipeline to transport Iraqi oil and gas across the Jordanian port of Aqaba, informed Middle East Monitor.
In a meeting held mid-November, Iraqi Oil Minister, Jabbar Luaibi, agreed with the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ibrahim Saif, to resume cooperation in the field of supplying Jordan with Iraqi crude oil after the security situation stabilises in the border provinces and to cooperate in the field of training and the exchange of experiences. Luaibi added that a committee will be formed in the offices of the two ministers to follow up on the developments in this project and submit progress reports.