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Iraq and Jordan to Open Border Crossing

Further agreements reached covering finance, energy and transport between the two countries

Jordan Prime Minister Omar Razzaz met with Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad this week to hold discussions on relations and cooperation between the two countries on a number of matters including politics, security and the economy.

A major discussion point was the agreement to reopen the Karama-Treibil border crossing to improve the transport network between the two countries. 

They also agreed to enforce a 2017 Iraqi cabinet decision exempting a number of Jordanian goods from customs, start work on procedures to set up a joint Jordanian-Iraqi industrial zone and form a joint technical, financial and legal committee to resolve outstanding financial issues.

In addition, the two sides have also agreed on a 75% reduction in the fees levied on Iraqi imports via Jordan's Aqaba port as well as the signing of a cooperation agreement between Royal Jordanian and Iraqi Airways for transport and aviation training.

Finally, key agreements have also been reached covering the energy industry. with a memo of understanding signed to link electricity between the two countries. Iraq and Jordan have also agreed to reach a framework agreement for the construction of an Iraqi-Jordanian pipeline connecting Basra to Aqaba in early 2019.